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World’s largest tree hug to mark 1916 Centenary.


Press Release date: Sunday, October 18, 2015

World’s largest tree hug to mark 1916 Centenary.


Contact: Tom Roche – 086 8049389

Killarney  prepares to go for Tree Hugging World Record.

Just Forests in association with Killarney Tidy Towns and Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism are working to put plans in place in an attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest tree hug. The event will take place in Killarney Arboretum in early 2016 and apart from attempting to set a new world record the event will mark the one hundred anniversary of the 1916 Rising.  Participants in The Big Killarney Tree Hug will be asked to observe 1 minute silence while hugging their tree in memory of all who gave their lives during 1916.

According to Johnny McGuire, Killarney Tidy Towns, “we are blessed here in Killarney National Park to have such a magnificent selection of awesome trees. We want to share this great amenity with people from all over Ireland and the world.”

The present Guinness record for the largest tree hug consisting of 1,200 people, was achieved by the Korea Forest Service (Republic of Korea) at the Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea, on 21 March 2015.

More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal’s capital in June 2014 in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Parliament members, students, office workers and even Buddhist monks took part in the attempt, gathering at a park on the outskirts of Katmandu, but Guinness didn’t recognize the attempt.

936 people, including a newly married bride and groom, wrapped their arms around a tree at Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park in July 2013. The previous record of only 720 tree huggers was set in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Guinness World Record officials will be in attendance at the The Big Killarney Tree Hug to officially verify the world record attempt.

Tom Roche of Just Forests the coordinator of the event who has worked for the past 25 years highlighting the importance of trees to society and who has organised the National Tree Hugging Contest for the past 3 years said,  “we are trying to set the record to celebrate the priceless contribution trees make to the quality of our lives and at the same time commemorate the many people who gave their lives during the Easter Rising in 1916.

Full details and updates on The Big Killarney Tree Hug event which will include Music, Food and other Fun activities and how you can become involved and register will be posted on: www.lovemytree.ie  after 13th November 2015.

You can register your interest by filling in this form here…