Friday, June 21, 2013

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 here to 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.


  1. Here are some details about the tree-hugging event. Hope to see you there! Register online beforehand.

    • Informational booths and activities will be available from 1:30pm onwards.
    • All tree huggers need to check in prior to the hug at 3pm. Plan on being on site at Tree Hug registration at SW Kingston and SW Knights Boulevards by 2pm and be patient as each person is checked in. If you pre-ordered a t-shirt, it will be available for pick up at registration.
    • There will be one entry point to the Tree Hug. You must enter at that point and sign in to be counted. Do not enter the Tree Hug by going under or over the fence.

  2. 951 people took the time to show the world that Hoyt Arboretum has the support of the world’s greatest tree huggers. They think it's enough for the world record. It was a beautiful afternoon and cool to have a forest filled with good people of all ages hugging small and large trees.