Natalie Rowles

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing a tree growing in a schoolyard. All children should have a little tree to grow, to measure themselves against and to mark the years as they pass by. It will help them to develop a green habit of mind and appreciate Mother Earth’s natural bounty.”

Natalie Rowles, originator of Free Trees for Schools, has been widely recognised for her efforts to green her community in Pinetown and KwaZulu-Natal, including growing and donating thousands of yellowwood saplings to schools, municipalities and reforestation projects.