- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tree-hugging enthusiasts in Portland, Ore., set the world record Saturday afternoon for the number of people embracing a tree.

More than 950 Portlanders hugged a variety of Douglas firs and redwoods simultaneously for a least a minute at the Hoyt Arboretum for the record-breaking event.

The previous record, technically for the largest gathering of people hugging trees, is 702 people, achieved by the United Kingdom’s Forestry Commission in Delamere Forest in Cheshire on Sept. 11, 2011.

“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,” Martin Nicholson, the curator of the Hoyt Arboretum, told KGW.