Volunteers complete major conservation initiative in North Harbour

On Saturday 17 August, 80 volunteers donned their gumboots to plant 4,500 native trees and shrubs at Long Bay Regional Park.


This staggering achievement was part of the Living Legends project. Living Legends is completing 14 regional projects during August, to reach a target of planting a total of 170,000 native trees throughout New Zealand. The work follows on from 2011 when Living Legends was established to leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup.


Each region’s planting project is dedicated to a local “Rugby Legend”. Buck Shelford was selected by North Harbour Rugby Union as the local Rugby Legend in 2011.


Unfortunately Buck could not attend the event this year as he was in Australia but said “Living Legends is a fantastic project that has brought together rugby and conservation. It has been an absolute privilege to be selected as the local Rugby Legend and to contribute to a project that will make a difference to New Zealand for generations to come.”


Long Bay Regional Park is a popular recreation area for Aucklanders, attracting over a million visitors a year with its sweeping beach which adjoins a marine reserve and contains stands of native forest. It’s home to a significant area of coastal forest with a canopy of pohutukawa, puriri, and taraire. The Living Legends plantings on this extensive wetland/pasture will complement the great efforts already undertaken by the Park’s community supporters. Living Legends is pleased to have contributed 14,000 plants to this very popular recreation area. Maintenance of the plantings that have been completed by Living Legends will now be handed over to Auckland Council.


Living Legends is a joint venture of Project Crimson, an environmental charity with 23 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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