Friends of the Haenertsburg Grasslands (FroHG) organized a successful spring clean-up of the grasslands, streams and roads around the village of Haenertsburg on Saturday, 20 August 2016. Some twenty volunteers (learners from a local school and other members from the Haenertsburg and Tzaneen community) collected a large amount of litter. It was an ideal time for a clean-up while the critically endangered grasslands lie dormant with large parts having been burnt.
It was also easy to spot and remove alien plants, before the beautiful spring flora of the grasslands emerges into new life. The main problem species found were wattles, eucalyptus, blackwood, Cestrum, pine, bug weed, Honey locust tree (Gleditsia triacanthos) and the Mexican Hawthorn (Crategus mexicana).
The day ended with The Red Plate restaurant in Haenertsburg sponsoring a well-deserved meal for the volunteers on the sunny restaurant deck.