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Thousands hug trees in record bid

Published 05/06/2014 | 11:12

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More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug on World Environment Day (AP)
More than 2,000 people gathered in Nepal in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug (AP)
People gathered in Nepal in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug (AP)

More than 2,000 people, mostly students wearing their school uniforms, have gathered in Nepal in a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug.

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Parliament members, office workers and even Buddhist monks also took part in the attempt, joining the students at a park on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

The participants said they were trying to set the record to celebrate World Environment Day by spreading awareness about the importance of trees.

"Our goal is to set a new world record and at the same time spread the message that trees are important for the environment and everyone," said Thaneswor Guragai, who co-ordinated the event.

The previous Guinness World Record for most people hugging trees simultaneously was 936 people in Portland, Oregon, last July.

Those taking part in Nepal held trees for two minutes as volunteers beat drums at the National Martyrs and Peace Park.

One of the participating students, Ganga Pandit, said she had planted samplings in the past but felt it was important to join the campaign to save existing trees.

The organisers of the event will send photos, video, a signed statement from the parliament members who were there and the names of the participants to Guinness World Records, which will decide whether to recognise the feat.

Press Association

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