Plants can do wonders for house facades, and can even make entire streets more beautiful. Do you want to make your street greener, but don’t have a front garden? One solution is a pavement or sidewalk garden (‘geveltuin’). All it takes is the removal of a few paving stones in front of your house, replacing the sand with soil, and you can start planting. You can read here about how to create your own little garden in front of your door.
A pavement garden is a plot of green in front of your home. The city district (‘stadsdeel’) will come lay a strip of earth along the facade of your house (with the exception of your front door!) The garden will be one-and-a-half paving tiles deep. You can fill the garden with your choice of colourful, evergreen or flowering plants. You don’t have to live on the ground floor of your building to apply for a sidewalk garden, although you do need the permission of the owner or first-floor occupant. The pavement garden will definitely brighten up the shared entrance to the building.
If your application for a pavement garden in Amsterdam South is successful, you will become the caretaker of a piece of public space that is the property of the city district. The city district office will help you get started by removing the paving stones and delivering soil. You are responsible for arranging and taking care of the plants. There are a few conditions: the sidewalk must be accessible (no overhanging branches), you may not plant trees in your garden and the building facade must not be damaged. Additional rules of the game are further explained in the application form below (which is in Dutch).
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Sidewalk gardens contribute to a pleasant living environment, particularly if there is little green in the area. But every garden, no matter how small, also requires maintenance. We can think of a number of reasons why you might want a pavement garden, including:
You can request a sidewalk garden from the Amsterdam South city district office at any time during the year. Download the application form and make a sketch of where you want the garden to be placed. Then send the completed form (by post or by email) to Natuur&Milieuteam Zuid advisor in your neighbourhood, or bring it along to one of our locations.
The district sidewalk pavers will come as quickly as possible to construct your garden: at any rate within two months. It is unfortunately not possible to make an appointment for the construction work. The workers’ time, the materials and the soil are paid by the city district. They will dig up the sand and replace it with soil so that you can start to plant immediately. Once the garden is in place, it is up to you to make something beautiful out of it. Download our useful tips for the construction and maintenance of your pavement garden.