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Living Legends tree planting project

Sir Brian Lochore the Wellington-Wairarapa Living Legend for planting project

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 is dedicated to a regional ‘Rugby Legend’ who has been selected by the union. These Rugby Legends are people who have made a significant contribution to rugby in New Zealand.

The Wellington-Wairarapa Rugby Legend is former QEII Trust Chairman, Sir Brian Lochore. For a full rugby bio of Sir Brian, visit

Living Legends will plant 85,000 trees nationwide in 2011. 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.

The planting sites are diverse, ranging from farmland, reserves, lakes, to coastal walkways and wetlands. The Department of Conservation will be at each event, showing volunteers how to plant the native trees, and explaining why the site and plants were selected.

Each event is free, and it will be a fun day, a variety of work digging holes, planting and fertilizing the trees, and on some sites mulching and setting up tree shelters. You may even get to meet a Rugby Legend.

Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 20 year’s experience in community-based native restoration projects and The Tindall Foundation. Major sponsors are the Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy.

Living Legends is part of the REAL New Zealand Festival - a nationwide celebration of New Zealand arts, food and wine, heritage, culture, entertainment, business and lifestyle taking place during Rugby World Cup 2011.

Living Legends would love to see you at the plantings. Register your interest at

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