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From micro-brewed beer and food carts, to Pinot Noir and James Beard Award-winning chefs, Portland is a mecca for the epicurious.

We’re also known as a big bunch of, well, tree huggers. With green living and sustainability at the core of the city’s ethos, the tree-hugging label is well earned, and in most circles worn as a badge of honor. And last year, roughly 1,000 Portlanders gathered at the Hoyt Arboretum to demonstrate our tree hugging prowess and set a world record in the process.

That’s right: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest tree hug (most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place) was recorded last year in Portland, with a whopping 936 official huggers.

Hoyt Arboretum was where the record was broken.
Hoyt Arboretum was where the record was broken. Evan Lovely

Since that record setting day in July 2013, there have been a number of failed attempts around the globe to dethrone Portland as Tree Hugger USA. Not the sort of town to just rest on its arbor-loving laurels, the event is back this year. And according to “ Hug a Tree at Hoyt ” this year’s event will be “ Bigger. Better. Huggier.” In the perfect marriage between event and venue, the hug is set for July 20th at the Hoyt Arboretum.

Hoyt Aboretum

But there’s more to it than a single, loving embrace of timber. Picnicking is encouraged. There will be games, live music, and information available on a number of environmental topics. The event takes place at 2 pm on the 20th of July and pre-registration is encouraged. Visit the Hug a Tree at Hoyt web page or Facebook page for more information, including an incredibly detailed demonstration on proper tree hugging technique.

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