The Living Legends' 2012 planting events were completed this last weekend, 1 September, leaving a sense of pride with organisers all who were involved.
More than 3,000 people participated in the plantings which saw 47,230 native trees in the ground across 17 venues.
'Living Legends'Devon McLean said "We are very satisfied with the outcome and are pleased by the participation from DOC staff and delighted that a number of Tindall Foundation staff, Project Crimson and Meridian people were also actively involved'.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) helped Living Legends select appropriate public spaces for these plantings to ensure that all New Zealanders can enjoy them for years to come. Both DOC and Living Legends have a commitment to ensuring ecological credibility, so maintainance and protection of the plants will continue.
A nationwide planting project of this scale will benefit New Zealanders. The planted native trees will enhance some of our most special parks and reserves across Aotearoa, as they play an important role in moderating the climate, improving air quality, providing homes for native wildlife and enhancing landscapes for us to enjoy.
This is a fantastic achievement for Living Legends. We commend them and the 3,000 people who volunteered their time. Staff here at the Foundation who helped at the North Shore planting felt proud to be involved and were impressed with the way the event had been organised.