Make a dif­fer­ence to the city’s green lungs

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

SPRUIT Day, to­mor­row, is a day when those liv­ing along the Braam­fontein Spruit or­gan­ise events and clean-ups of the river and the river banks.

The Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion (BCA) said the event would be held again with 20 res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Spruit Day is a co-or­di­nated restora­tion, im­prove­ment and clean-up of the spruit and creates an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for those liv­ing in the area to spend a morn­ing to­gether mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to their ar­eas, and get to know each other.

This year’s ac­tiv­i­ties in north­ern coun­cil­lor Tim Tru­luck’s ward in­clude: Parkhurst/Vic­tory Park: From 9am to noon: meet at the green pedes­trian bridge ac­cessed via the gate at the bot­tom of Parkhurst Road/12th Street and Zonda Av­enue/Rusten­burg Road, Vic­tory Park, to take part in the clean-up. Parkhurst Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion’s Jacques Hough is lead­ing this group.

What to wear: com­fort­able clothes, a hat and sturdy shoes.

What to bring: sun­screen, wa­ter and gloves. Refuse bags will be sup­plied.

E-mail Jacques at en­vi­ron­

Blair­gowrie/Craighall: The Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion will be part­ner­ing with the Old Park­to­ni­ans Sports Club and the Craighall Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (CRA) from 9am. Meet at the Old Park­to­ni­ans Sports Club, and you can park be­hind the bowl­ing club at the Gar­den Road, Bordeaux south (just off Jan Smuts Av­enue) en­trance.

Be­sides the clean-up, 90 trees will be planted. Sixty were do­nated by Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and 30 by land­scaper Pa­trick Wat­son.

Much work has al­ready been done along this sec­tion of the spruit by res­i­dents liv­ing in the area and the dif­fer­ence made al­ready has been amaz­ing.

How­ever, more work and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion is still re­quired.

Bring a hat, sun­screen and rub­ber gloves.

Refuse bags will be pro­vided and the holes for the trees will be dug al­ready for plant­ing, so bring a spade if you can.

Wa­ter and cooldrinks will be pro­vided by both the BCA and the CRA.

Join the spruit clean-up and meet neigh­bours

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