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Portland Arboretum To Host Tree-Hugging World Record Attempt


Tree-huggers unite! The Hoyt Arboretum is hoping to beat the world record in tree-hugging.

Tree-huggers unite! The Hoyt Arboretum is hoping to beat the world record in tree-hugging.

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Believe it or not, Portland doesn’t hold the world record for tree-hugging. At least not yet.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the tree-hugging title is held by the United Kingdom’s Forestry Commission, which organized a gathering of 702 people hugging trees on Sept. 11, 2011 in Cheshire’s Delamere Forest.

Next month, the Hoyt Arboretum and the Portland tree service Treecology will attempt to break that record. They’re inviting one and all to hug trees at the arboretum July 20 from 2 to 4 pm.

Think they can beat 702?

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