Rugby Legend Richie Guy helps plant native trees for Buck Shelford
On Saturday 18 August, Rugby Legend Richie Guy was instrumental in planting 4500 native trees and shrubs at Long Bay Regional Park.
This staggering achievement was part of the Living Legends project. Living Legends will complete 17 community planting projects throughout New Zealand this year, planting a total of 45,000 native trees and shrubs. The work follows on from last year when Living Legends was established to leave a legacy of New Zealand’s hosting of Rugby World Cup. It’s a five year project which aims to plant 170,000 trees throughout New Zealand by 2015.
Each region’s planting project is dedicated to a local Rugby Legend. The North Harbour Rugby Legend is actually Buck Shelford however he was unable to attend on the day so Northland Rugby Legend Richie Guy stepped up in his place, spending Saturday at the park mucking-in with around 180 local volunteers in very muddy conditions!
Gordon Hosking, Operations Manager for Living Legends says both Buck Shelford and Richie Guy have been great to work with. “Both Buck and Richie are behind Living Legends 100% and have gone out of their way to support us. Buck has been involved in the project in North Harbour and will continue to do so in years to come, and to have Richie attend in his place on Saturday was great. They are both true rugby legends.”
Living Legends has now planted a total of 9500 native trees at Long Bay Regional Park with 5000 planted during Rugby World Cup in 2011.
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.
For more information about Living Legends visit www.livinglegends.co.nz
Contact: Melanie Seyfort, Marketing & Communications Manager, Living Legends
021 645 875 or email@example.com
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