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17 Legends Mix Conservation And Rugby in 2011

17 Legends Mix Conservation And Rugby in 2011

An exciting new conservation project called Living Legends has been kicked off in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Living Legends is a community conservation project that is coordinating 17 native tree planting projects throughout New Zealand during Rugby World Cup 2011.

Each planting is being run in conjunction with provincial rugby unions and will be dedicated to a regional ‘Rugby Legend’ selected by the unions.

The Rugby Legends will be past or present players who have made a significant contribution to rugby in New Zealand.

These 17 Rugby Legends will be unveiled in early February 2011.

It is expected that the Living Legends project will plant up to 5,000 trees per site in 2011, and is making a five year investment to plant 10,000 trees per site by the end of the project in 2015.

The plantings all take place on public conservation land, and will encourage New Zealanders and overseas visitors to participate in the events.

Plantings will be held in Northland, North Harbour, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Wellington, Tasman, Buller/West Coast, Mid Canterbury, Christchurch, Otago and Southland.

Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 20 years experience in community-based native restoration projects and the Tindall Foundation. We are thrilled to have the support of our major sponsors the Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy.

For more information on the events, and to keep an eye on announcements about our Rugby Legends visit our website www.livinglegends.co.nz.

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