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Meet the woman behind the beautiful scenery along Westlands, Parklands

You will certainly notice the change in scenery if you traverse through the streets in Parklands, a Nairobi suburb.

Transforming Nairobi into a greenery city was among the pre-election pledges by Governor Johnson Sakaja ahead of the 2022 polls.

The ongoing beautification process is a collective responsibility between the County and Jagdeep Kaur, who is an environmental lover.

Nature lover Jagdeep Kaur during beautification process at Parklands, Nairobi. Photo|Courtesy

Speaking about her love for nature, Ms Kaur said that she wants to plant flowers and trees in her beautification job in the Westlands and Parklands areas.

“My motivation comes from the unconditional love for nature. We as human beings must learn to give back to Mother Nature and society, so this is my way of saying thank you to the universe,” Ms Kaur said.

She has so far managed to change the outlook in the 6th Parklands Limuru Road, DeepSea Slum, RingRoad Parklands/Westlands, Zucchini roundabout to 9 West, and Parklands Police Station area.

The environmentalist stated that her job has been largely acknowledged by Governor Sakaja, and has given her more space to plant more trees at Karura forest in bide to conserve the environment and bring out a beautiful ambience.

The county boss is on record campaigning for afforestation and beautification in the city, especially in this season when the country is experiencing rain.

Surprisingly, she is doing it out of her pocket, paying workers and buying seedlings with her money.

“I do all this from my income, I buy trees and flowers, hire people to plant and take care of the same, and replant when the need arises.”

Her love for nature has equally created job employment for the youth and other people who are helping her to plant trees and flowers, and in weeding as well as watering the plants whenever the rain stops.

“I’m glad that I can help someone somewhere bring food to the table for the family.”

Ms Kaur says she has been able to plant and replant about 500 trees, 6,000 hedge seedlings, 2,500 flowers, 35 sacks of ground cover grass, and Zimbabwean grass.

Even so, her job has major challenges including vehicles and human traffic crossing from one side to the other, and stepping on the grass, flowers, and trees, which at times forces her to repeat the work.

Nairobi County Environment Chief Officer Hibrahim Otieno has lauded Ms Kaur’s effort, urging Kenyans to also join the noble course to take advantage of the rains and plant more trees for the great contribution of climate change.

“I urge the citizens to join this noble course to take advantage of the rains and plant more trees for the great contribution of climate change,” Mr Otieno said.

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