To pay for the relocation of the greenhouse at P2020 to Lincoln Park, and the possible legal costs
2015 we manage the Food Garden on a fallow piece of land in Park 2020, where since de credit crisis in 2008 no offices could be developed. For many people and especially for our neighboring companies, this complex of vegetable gardens, flower meadows, the orchard, and the greenhouse is a pleasant green oasis in the urban office park.
In 2022 we ended up in the 8th year of our 3-year contract. It is a given fact that the Food Garden has temporary status. This year a new project developer wants to have the entire complex handed over bare before November 1, 2022. Since March we are busy finding a new location. Such a location for a 1-to-1 transfer of all the assets (greenhouse, 300 m3 soil, 60 fruit trees, and more than 1000 permanent plants) will come available after November 2023.
If building would be imminent, we would not hesitate to depart from the site however, a building permit procedure has not yet been initiated so the actual building is not to be expected before November 2023.
The delivery of the Food Garden before November 1 will mean the destruction of all values built up during 8 years. For this reason, we are hesitant to respond to the demand. To persuade the project developer to a reasonable compromise an (expensive) legal process may be required. In other words, the developer's world is focused on financial profits and is colliding with our MEERgroen (MOREgreen) values of social cohesion, biodiversity, healthy food, lifestyle, and inherent circular sustainability.
Colliding Worlds Campaign:
For that reason, we have initiated a campaign to delay the migration of the Food Garden, which we want to postpone for winter 2023/2024. Regarding the status of the building permit procedure, this time frame should be feasible.
We ask you to sign our petition and for the covering of the cost of the migration to the new location (€ 80.000) and the legal process that may be required (€ 10.000). The links to the petition and donations are on our website stichtingmeergroen.nl. Stichting MEERGroen has a Tax deductible (Dutch ANBI) status.