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‘We need to accept the weeds’: Dutch towns compete to remove the most garden paving | Environment

Tineke Menalda sits in the sun on her front step, nursing a cup of coffee and idly plucking out the odd weed. Three years ago, the front of her terraced house in Amersfoort was completely paved. But now, sitting in a lush garden of trees and green, she’s an official ambassador for the strangest new sport in the Netherlands: tegelwippen, “tile whipping”, or “whipping away” the paving stones.

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