KZN’s Miss Earth Finalist Gives Back To Local Schools

Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Miss Earth regional finalist Lara Botha donned her gardening gloves and got up to her elbows in compost in pursuit of the “crown with a cause” this week. The Westville beauty (23) donated 10 indigenous trees to the new Hayfields Primary School in Pietermaritzburg as part of her campaign to reach the final lineup.

The aspiring conservationist carefully showed eager grade R learners how to plant and care for the trees. Joining the cause was compsting specialist, Farmyard Organics who donated compost, kraal manure and mulch, all excellent growing mediums for trees. Composting specialist and owner of Farmyard Organics, John Kidger was also on site to help with the planting process.

“We at Farmyard Organics are always keen to get behind people who are trying to make a difference. We wish Lara all the best in the competition,” said Kidger.

Anusha Rajpaul, the deputy principle at Hayfields Primary School expressed her gratitude to Lara and Farmyard Organics for their generosity. She said that the project afforded the children an excellent opportunity to be involved in and learn from the tree planting process and at the same time will help to enhance the environment at Hayfields Primary School.

The Miss Earth projects aim to educate learners about the benefits of planting their own food gardens and inspiring them to plant their own gardens at home.

“Gardening may take a bit of patience while you wait for things to grow, but hopefully they will learn that they can really benefit from planting their own food,” Lara said.

Lara attended Lyndhurst Primary School and Kloof High School before studying a BSc in Environmental Management. Her love and passion for the environment and especially for animals motivated her to enter the Miss Earth South Africa competition.

“Miss Earth gives girls like me a great platform to do hands on work in our communities, which is the only way to really make a difference,” she said.

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Eager grade R learners from Hayfields Primary School gather around John Kidger, owner of Farmyard Organics and Lara Botha, KZN’s Miss Earth regional finalist after planting 10 indigenous trees at the new school. (Supplied)