DELAMERE Forest will host a world record attempt for the most people hugging trees at the same time.

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

Guinness World Record rules state participants will have to hug a tree for a minute.

West said: “It will be a symbolic way for people to show their love and support for their forests.

“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.”

Organisers for Delamere’s world record attempt, which coincides with International Year Of Forests, will have to video and photograph those taking part in order to prove to judges that they successfully passed the test.

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.

Forestry Commission chairwoman Pam Warhurst 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 will receive a wristband and a small wooden medal.

They are asked to pre-register at

However, they can just turn up on the day, with participants needing to be at the Whitefield Car Park by 1.15pm.

Supervisors are also being sought for the event. Anyone interested should email jeni.west@