NK tegelwippen

This year Maastricht took part in the NK Tegelwippen: a competition aiming to green up Dutch cities by exchanging as many garden tiles as possible for plants, bushes or trees. We battled against our direct rival Sittard-Geleen. Our goal? Greening up the city and making it climate-proof.

Winners of the Golden Tile

The residents of Maastricht and Sittard-Geleen did their very best. More than 36,000 tiles were removed in both municipalities combined. This corresponds to 3,300 m2 of additional green space in the cities.

27,210 tiles were removed in Maastricht and 9,114 tiles were removed in Sittard-Geleen. This made Maastricht the winner of the derby. Maastricht also came 10th out of the 22 big cities that took part.

The municipality of The Hague won the Golden Tile with over 306,000 tiles removed.

We are not yet sure whether Maastricht will again enter the NK Tegelwippen in 2023. Keep an eye on the NK Tegelwippen website

More greenery

Could your garden use some more greenery? Or have you always wanted a beautiful facade garden? Check out the CNME website for more inspiration (page in Dutch).

 You can build a facade garden in Maastricht without a permit if you do not have a front garden. The facade garden may be a maximum of 45 centimetres wide. Leave at least 120 centimetres of walking space on the sidewalk for prams, walkers and wheelchairs. See the page geveltuin aanleggen (page in Dutch) for all the rules in Maastricht, help and tips. 


Get inspired and watch the video by Timo and Nadine below.

Maastricht wants to be a climate-proof city by 2040. Adding greenery helps cool down the city in hot summers and absorb water during heavy downpours. Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide gas (CO2) and release oxygen. Greenery also stimulates walking, cycling, playing and sports. And it makes the city attractive to other plant and animal species. Adding greenery makes Maastricht not only climate-proof, but also more pleasant to live, work and relax in.