On Sunday 19 August, Rugby Legend Sir Colin Meads led a team of local volunteers to plant 3000 native trees and shrubs at Whakaipo Bay Reserve near Taupo.
Living Legends events are taking place in 17 locations all around New Zealand during August and September 2012. Each region’s planting project is dedicated to a local Rugby Legend. Colin Meads was selected as the King Country Rugby Legend in 2011 and spent Sunday at Whakaipo Bay mucking-in with around 350 volunteers from the community planting this unique site.
Gordon Hosking, Operations Manager for Living Legends says the Taupo Living Legends event was a great success. “Colin Meads is behind Living Legends 100% and has gone out of his way to support us. To have him with us on a beautiful sunny Taupo day with such a great turnout from the local community was brilliant. We couldn’t have had a better day for planting.”
Living Legends has now planted a total of 8000 native trees at the reserve with 5000 planted during Rugby World Cup in 2011. Living Legends will return to continue planting in this area in 2013.
Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 22 years experience in community-based native restoration projects and The Tindall Foundation. Major sponsors are the Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy.
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