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June 6, 2014

An Awful Idea… Or Rather Brilliant?

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,Traditionally Dutch — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

All around Europe, supermarkets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, a good proportion of which have probably been grown in Dutch glasshouses.

Many flowers in shops around the world also possibly originated in one of the glass houses too, so intensive agriculture under glass is a massive industry in the Netherlands.

Sadly our country doesn’t  have a Mediterranean climate so the rapidly shortening days of autumn and the ever cooler temperatures of the approaching winter mean that not only are these glass houses  very brightly lit with row after row of  electric lights, but they are  very well heated as well.

As we drive home though some of back-roads via the Westland area,  (one of the most prolific areas of glasshouses in South Holland) we pass by row after row of glass houses.

At this time of year the lights need to be put on fairly early in the afternoon and as we drive by it’s like an early Christmas light display on steroids… I lost count of how many of these we passed by… so here’s a bad pun: is these buildings an awful idea… or rather brilliant?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)





  1. When you think of the amount of electricty needed to keep those lights shining, then maybe it’s not such a brilliant idea!

    Comment by I used to be indecisive — June 6, 2014 @ 11:09 am | Reply

    • I’m hoping they take advantage of wind/solar power to run all those lights etc!

      Comment by Carrie — June 7, 2014 @ 1:37 am | Reply

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