The municipality of Westland is centrally located in the western part of the Netherlands between The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft and the North Sea. Between the eleven small and larger villages within the municipality, with a total of 110,000 inhabitants, you will discover the largest concentration of greenhouses in the world. No wonder our nickname is ‘the city of glass.’ In Westland and the Greenport West-Holland all the key players in the entire chain of greenhouse horticultural are concentrated in a region of less than 100 square kilometres: from seeds to growing, to packaging, transport and trade, supported by government as well as knowledge, technology and research institutes. More than 60.000 jobs in our region are related to this horticultural cluster. This unique cooperation leads to new innovations and sustainable solutions to answer global challenges, such as health and nutrition, water and energy use, food safety and consumer trust.
The world cannot do without these innovations from the Dutch greenhouse horticulture cluster. This is also recognized internationally. Therefore the municipality of Westland receives many foreign delegations every year who come here to acquire extensive knowledge on how to provide in their own production of food.
We see DGD as a natural partner to actively focus on regions and countries where we see many opportunities for our business community. Now that food safety and local production of fresh and healthy food are becoming increasingly important, it is more than ever relevant that government, industry and science continue to work closely together to market Dutch greenhouse horticulture as a knowledge and innovation cluster worldwide.
Our goal for other regions around the world is to set up horticultural clusters so they can have local food production (just like we do). Also, we would like our highly innovative companies to help those regions with creating greenhouse areas.