Help Set a Tree-Hugging World Record


Many think Oregon is the land of tree-huggers. Now we have an opportunity to prove it!  

Hoyt Arboretum, a museum of living trees in Portland’s Washington Park, and the Portland tree service Treecology are joining forces to break the Guinness Book of World Records for tree-hugging. Currently, the official record is 702 people simultaneously hugging trees in one location; it was established September 11, 2011, in the Cheshire’s Delamere Forest near Liverpool, England.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum attracted 935 tree-loving participants in an attempt to break the world record in May 2013. Hoyt Arboretum is hoping to attract 1200 tree-huggers. A minute’s hug is all it takes, an easy commitment to make! Then stroll the Arboretum and enjoy the fantastic array of tree species growing in the arboretum and other activities.

When:  July 20, 2pm

Where:  Near the intersection of Kingston and Knights Blvd at Hoyt Arboretum

To comply with strict Guinness World Records rules, organizers hope most participants pre-register. Register online hereto help with official recordkeeping and to order a T-shirt to commemorate the event. 

Maybe we’ll be hugging trees with lots of other Random Acts of Gardening readers! I’ll be there.