If you fancy a fun night out for a good cause, you won’t want to miss the Strictly No. 1s music extravaganza at the Cresta Barnyard Theatre on 14 June.
Hit songs from 1953 until 2013 will feature throughout the show.
All profits raised go towards wages and equipment needed for the upkeep of Alberts Farm, a pristine park on the east side of Northcliff. Tickets are R150 per person.
Colleen Rood, the vice chairperson of the volunteer group Friends of Alberts Farm Conservancy, said the show was also to help raise awareness and funds for the removal of invasive plants from Alberts Farm.
“We normally rely on the community to support us financially, but the response has been poor and hence our ability to combat the problem plants has been limited,” she said.
The park is a flagship area conserving ridge flora and providing a green belt for animals. Rood said the park also provided a scenic tranquil area with a natural trail component for families, health enthusiasts, youth clubs and churches to enjoy.
“We have over the past two years recorded many herbs, grasses, birds and butterflies, many which of which will be lost if nothing is done to combat the spread of problem plants. Many of these species exclude the indigenous plants by changing the soil conditions, blocking the light, taking water and space for growth.”
The Friends of Alberts Farm Conservancy hopes to raise R20 000 that will enable them to start the eradication and control of these alien invasive plants.
In November last year, the surrounding community also voted in favour of fencing the park off to prevent the increase of displaced people relocating to the site, as well as drug users, criminals, thieves of the indigenous plants, excessive noise at night, illegal dumping and general nonadherence to by-laws.
If you would like to get involved, or if you are a business owner and would like to support this initiative, visit the Alberts Farm Conservancy Facebook page.