Rijnvliet Edible Neighbourhood

Participatory co-design creates a residential neighbourhood around accessible urban agriculture, enhancing the quality of life for inhabitants and the rich biodiversity for all living things.


Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood breaks new ground in urban planning by using participatory design to realize an entire new city district around accessible urban agriculture. Residents co-created the public space as a food forest. The abundant green and blue spaces are merged together with the built environment enhancing the quality of life for inhabitants and the rich biodiversity for all living things, giving Rijnvliet a very powerful identity. 


When neighbors and residents proposed an urban food forest for Rijnvliet, the municipality embraced their grassroot initiative. The implemented ecologically resilient 150,000 m2 urban food forest with over 200 species of (edible) flora doubles up as green infrastructure. The exciting environment of the new district offers recreational benefits and ecosystem services including water management, heat reduction and cleaning the air, making Rijnvliet a very healthy and indeed edible neighborhood. 


The productive landscape serves as a backbone and creates social cohesion within the Rijnvliet community. Care and maintenance of the food forest require a coordinated effort of residents together. This resident engagement is the best guarantee for continuous evolution of the educational, recreational, and natural qualities of Rijnvliet, realizing a sustainable urban future for people and nature together.

Project owner
Klaas Verschuure
Project team
Maaike Notenbomer
Project manager