With Rinie van Tilburg, agriculture and horticulture, energy transition, spatial planning and events in West Brabant, and mainly the municipality of Zundert, come together. He was alderman for Spatial Planning and for 10 years chairman of the largest dahlia corso in the world: the Bloemencorso Zundert.
Since 2014, he has been chairman of CLTV Zundert, a cooperative of major tree growers and soft fruit growers (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries). From this position, he started with the Fruitport West-Brabant initiative, with the aim of strengthening and supporting the soft fruit sector in the West-Brabant region in complex issues including the use and image of cultivation support facilities.
Since 2017 Rinie is also chairman of WinCent, a foundation that wants to propose the energy transition in the municipality of Zundert. Zundert aims to be energy neutral by 2050. With the foundation, he is active in devising and installing natural gas-free homes, buildings, campsites, residential areas and sports complexes.
Unlimited Power and Plastic: A rural Paradise Paradox
The rural landscape is changing faster than ever before, with a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability. With optimal infrastructure, cultivation, agriculture and nature, we utilize every square meter available. At the same time, we aim to preserve what should be enough space for nature experience, recreation, beauty and tranquility.
Due to climate change, strict regulations and high consumer demands, horticulturists see themselves forced to protect their crops by means of large surfaces of plastic films. Farmers seek additional income – by making land available for renewable energy generation. Huge wind farms and solar meadows are important, but have a big impact. With brightly lit greenhouses, megafarms and logistics halls, they dominate the landscape.
Do we want to make a change there, or is that just sticking to old values? Is the new landscape ugly, or do we need to create a new identity for our rural landscapes? CLTV, Fruitport West-Brabant, ZLTO, ECCO and Kunstloc Brabant want to explore how the power of creativity can be a game changer in the way we see and make use of the landscape.