Portland aims to break "tree-hugging" record Saturday

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by KGW reporter Collette Wieland

KREM.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 6:21 AM

PORTLAND -- Oregonians have a reputation for loving their trees and embracing nature, but when it comes to group "tree-hugging,” the state does not hold any kind of record.

So naturally, a lot of Portlanders would like to change that. Martin Nicholson, the curator of the Hoyt Arboretum, is one of them.

“Even living in a big city like Portland, we can still just get out of the city and out and amongst the trees and I think it's really refreshing for people to have that experience," Nicholson said.

He’s hoping to get more than 1,200 people out to the Arboretum Saturday, July 20 to hug a tree.

Getting that many folks together, would help Oregon make the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people hugging a tree at the same time.

Currently, Minnesota holds the records with 935 people.

The hugs have to last for at least one minute and the huggers’ arms cannot be touching. There are plenty of trees to go around.

At Hoyt Arboretum, there are a number of Doug Firs and Redwoods.

"We’re thinking we can probably get 10 to 15 people hugging some of the bigger trees,” Nicholson said.

The world-record-breaking attempt will start promptly at 3 p.m., but anyone participating is asked to get there by 2 p.m.

If you want to participate, you are encouraged to sign up online to guarantee a tree to hug.

You can sign up here.

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