About 200 people joined Taranaki rugby legend Ian Eliason and New Plymouth Mayor Harry Duynhoven yesterday to plant 1800 native trees along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.
New Plymouth Boys' High School boarders and a number of Brownies were among the crowd who turned out to help, as were people from the Department of Conservation, Taranaki Tree Trust and The Warehouse.
Mr Eliason said 6000 trees were planted in 2011 and 2500 last year. So with 1800 this year around it was more than 10,000 in total.
Mr Duynhoven said the area would look fantastic in 10 years' time.
The Taranaki planting project was carried out on the Coastal Walkway, near the Te Rewa Rewa bridge.
Living Legends is a three-year community conservation project that started in 2011 to celebrate New Zealand's hosting of the Rugby World Cup.
By the end of this year, 170,000 native trees will have been planted across 17 sites throughout New Zealand, each site dedicated to a "Rugby Legend" from the region.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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