Being outdoors is life: The life motto of Cora and Marcel of GildenGroen

03/04/2024 - 12:31

Cora and Marcel Achterberg are passionate gardeners from Zeewolde, the Netherlands. Together, they established GildenGroen, a family enterprise infused with a deep sense of social responsibility. Their unwavering dedication to sustainability and craftsmanship led them to be crowned as the “Most Sustainable Gardener of the Netherlands” in 2022. Engaging in a delightful conversation with this dynamic duo, we delved into topics ranging from sustainability practices to the invaluable benefits of TerraCottem and beyond.

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NEW HERO: environmental economist and media producer Pamela Peeters is on a mission to make the world more sustainable as "eco hero!"

07/03/2024 - 21:04

In early 2019, I received a call from Pamela Peeters. She inquired if we, at TerraCottem BV, would be interested in joining an expert panel focused on four ecosystems: water, air, forest, and soil. Pamela had initiated the “Eco Hero Challenge” youth project and was seeking the involvement of a soil expert. Her infectious enthusiasm instantly won me over. Fast forward four years, and a multitude of developments have unfolded since then…

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Green Arteries: Reviving Czech landscapes with bio-corridors

19/02/2024 - 08:36

Bio-corridors are being planted throughout the Czech Republic as a measure to prevent wind erosion. Until the period following World War II, Czechoslovakia was characterized by privately owned farms. However, with the advent of communist rule in 1948, the government transitioned to a planned economy, leading to the nationalisation of approximately 95% of the land. This shift saw farms and woodlands reorganized into large agricultural expanses. Consequently, the elimination of hedges and small woodland areas, which previously segmented the private farms, led to significant soil erosion.

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Celebrating Gilbert Vangampelaere: A Conversation with TerraCottem's First Production Manager

26/12/2023 - 09:32

As we near the end of our celebration year, we'd like to shine a spotlight on Gilbert Vangampelaere, one of our early staff members who retired six years ago. Gilbert played a crucial role as our first Production Manager, even before the TerraCottem company was born. Throughout his time with us, Gilbert showcased an impressive range of skills, both in his professional role and in his personal life. He's not just a retired pro; he's also a talented artist, writer, poet, and more.

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Meet Frank Dewever, from triathlete to TerraCottem: a journey of versatility and perseverance

04/12/2023 - 07:32

TerraCottem is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This year also marks the 60th birthday of Sales Manager Frank Dewever, who has been with the company since its inception in 1993. Thus, the TerraCottem journey already accounts for half of his life. This presents the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into the story of this long-serving TerraCottem staff member.

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