The Ahuriri Estuary landscape is set to be embellished in August by up to 3000 native trees as the second "Living Legends" community conservation project is staged in the Bay.
The scheme was set up in 2011 to coincide with the Rugby World Cup with the planting of 83,000 native trees carried out at 17 locations across the country.
Each planting project was dedicated to a regional rugby "legend" who was selected by their province's rugby union.
All Black and Hawke's Bay centre Ian MacRae got the nod, and he joined about 350 tree-planting volunteers last year for the event which saw about 4000 trees planted along the Ahuriri cycleway.
Mr MacRae is set to return to spadework duties on August 4 for the 2012 "legends" day.
A life member of the Hawke's Bay union as well as the Saracens and Napier Old Boys Marist clubs, he was included in a team of All Black Living Legends in 2000 and served on Super Rugby's judicial panel from 1996 to 1998.
A former Hurricanes ambassador, Mr MacRae received a Napier City Council Civic Award in 2009 and has also served on the Napier City Council's Hillary Commission grants allocation committee.
"Come along to this year's event and you may be lucky enough to meet the Hawke's Bay legend," project manager Devon McLean said.
"Living Legends plantings will enhance some of our most special parks and reserves throughout New Zealand - these are places where we reflect, refresh and can escape the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It is a wonderful project that will leave a legacy of New Zealand's hosting of Rugby World Cup, and a gift to future generations."