Hug a tree, break a world record? Portlanders will give it a shot!

Hug a tree, break a world record? Portlanders will give it a shot!
Photo courtesy mikecogh on Flickr (Creative Commons).

PORTLAND, Ore. - Can Portland break the world's record for most people hugging a tree in one place at one time?

Of course we can - this is Portland after all - but it's going to take a lot of folks to make it happen. So why not help out by showing a tree some love?

All you have to do is keep Saturday, July 20 open on your calendar and make plans to be at the Hoyt Arboretum at 2 p.m. Also, organizers would like you to pre-register ahead of time so they can get an accurate count for the Guinness World Records folks.

Portland Timbers mascot Timber Joey and Friends of Trees' Garry Oak will be there to lend their arms to the cause and everyone that participates will get a coupon good for a beverage at a local brewery.

So what is the current world record? How many people do we need hugging trees to beat that record?

The answer is 703.

Back in 2011, 702 people hugged trees in the Delamere Forest in Cheshire, United Kingdom. It was part of the Forestry Commission's International Year of Forests celebration. Here's the video showing the tree huggers making that world record: