Delamere to host record-breaking tree hug

delamere tree huggersDELAMERE Forest is to host a world record attempt for the most people hugging trees at once.

The Forestry Commission needs at least 350 people to help set the mark for the ‘Largest Tree Hug’ at the forest in Cheshire on September 11.

World record rules state that participants will have to hug a tree for a minute. Only two people will be allowed to hug each tree and their arms will not be allowed to touch.

"It will be a symbolic way for people to show their love and support for their forests,” said Jeni West, Delamere Forest Ranger.

"This is a great way for anybody to help break a world record, but families can also combine it with a day out in the forest.”

Delamere’s world record attempt will mark International Year Of Forests and organisers will have to video and photograph those taking part in order to prove to Guinness judges that they successfully passed the test.

A series of events are being held at forests across the country, but only Delamere is hosting a world record attempt.

In recent weeks visitors to the forest have seen posters on trees inviting them to ‘Hug me’.

But the idea of ‘tree hugging’ is not new. It became famous in the 1970s after women in a village in India used the symbolic gesture to protect local trees from being chopped down.

The Forestry Commission simply want the world record attempt to show how much the British public love and support forests.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said: "The world record attempt for the largest tree hug is a fun way for people to get involved with the Forestry Commission and share their love for trees and the environment.”

Would-be record breakers are being asked to pre-register on the website www.forestry.gov.uk/hug however, they can just turn up on the day.

Supervisors are also needed on the day. Please email jeni.west@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you can help

Anyone taking part on September 11 will be given a wristband and a small wooden medal to commemorate the occasion.

Other events on the day – between 10.30am and 4pm – include guided nature walks, organised cycle rides, nursery tours, trade stands, competitions, quizzes and much more.

To take part in the tree hug make sure you are at Whitefield Car Park by 1.15pm and go to the registration marquee. All car parking for the celebration day and the tree hug will be at Whitefield Car Park.