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2,000 Nepalese tree-huggers claim world record
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2,000 Nepalese tree-huggers claim world record

05.06.2014 From our online archive
More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday to claim a new record on World Environment Day.
Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014. Two thousand and one Nepalese students hugged trees in a park north-east of Kathmandu in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug. Previous record of the largest tree hug record was set in July 2013 in the US when 936 people hugged trees. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA
Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014. Two thousand and one Nepalese students hugged trees in a park north-east of Kathmandu in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug. Previous record of the largest tree hug record was set in July 2013 in the US when 936 people hugged trees. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA
Nepalese school children hug trees in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug as they celebrate World Environment Day in the forest of Gokarna village, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on June 5, 2014. Two thousand and one Nepalese students hugged trees in a park north-east of Kathmandu in a bid to set a new world record for the largest tree hug. Previous record of the largest tree hug record was set in July 2013 in the US when 936 people hugged trees. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA

(AFP) More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday to claim a new record on World Environment Day.

After organisers sounded a horn, eager students, many wearing their school uniforms, clasped tree trunks and held tight for two minutes as Nepalese musicians beat traditional drums.

"We had a very high turnout. In the end, 2,001 people hugged trees together... to claim a new world record," said Thaneswar Guragai, one of the event's organisers.

Among the tree huggers was 24-year-old student Tripti Prajapti who told AFP: "When you hug a tree you feel connected... even as an individual you can contribute to protect and conserve trees."

Twenty Nepalese lawmakers also turned up to support the campaigners.

"We came here to encourage the kids. Just hugging a tree may not make a difference but... it raises awareness," said lawmaker Krishna Bahadur Chhantel Thapa.

Organisers will now submit their claim for a new record to Guinness World Records, which is expected to rule on it within two months.

The current world record for the world's largest tree-hugging event was set in July 2013, when 936 people gathered in the US state of Oregon.

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