The world and Middelburg (NL) also face various sustainability challenges. Think of tasks in the field of flooding, drought, heat stress and the loss of biodiversity. Greening our living environment offers a solution in the field of these challenges. That is why we started working in Middelburg on de-stoning and greening our living environment. Greenery serves as a buffer zone to retain water. As a result, precipitation peaks can be better absorbed and due to evaporation of the plants, which provides cooling, there is less heat stress. The green environment also offers space for diverse flora and fauna and thus stimulates biodiversity. We would like to bring the importance of this to the attention of the youngest of our residents. That is why we have been enthusiastically involved in the Green Revolution Zeeland Schoolyards in recent years and again this year. This year, De Lonneboot primary school in Middelburg in New in Sint Joosland has been selected to make their schoolyard greener. In this way we try to stimulate awareness so that everyone contributes, but also certainly contributes.

In addition to greening schoolyards, Middelburg has various projects in public space. Within the European collaboration with partners of the Interreg 2 Seas project Cool Towns, we realize projects that ensure greening in the living environment. Think of the reconstruction of the Kanaalweg and the Zusterplein. In the Cool Towns project, there is also collaboration with the green managers involved in the Green Revolution of Zeeland Schoolyards. Through this road we were also able to realize a green wall at primary school ‘t Vierschip. The municipality of Middelburg and Sioen, who worked together in the realization of the green wall, were guests as speakers at the kick-off meeting of IVN for the Green Revolution Zeeland Schools.

We want to introduce schools to the process of greening in an interactive and inspiring way. Creating a vertical garden in the schoolyards with textiles from Sioen is a successful example of this.