Celebrating conservation and Rugby Legends in 2011

In an effort to celebrate community conservation and rugby an exciting new project called Living Legends has been kicked off in preparation for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Living Legends is a community conservation project that is managing 18 native tree planting projects throughout New Zealand during Rugby World Cup 2011.

Each planting project is being managed 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.

The 18 Rugby Legends will be unveiled in 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 5 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 be encouraging New Zealanders and overseas visitors to participate in the events.

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 visit our website www.livinglegends.co.nz