Looking forward to TreeHugging World Championships 2021

We had so much fun with our first ever TreeHugging World Championships held in our forest in August 2020, that it was obvious we would make it a yearly event. While we are busy planning the 2021 Championships (save the date 21 August!) you can read more about this year’s event and the winners below:

Meet the winners of TreeHugging World Championships 2020

For the past month we have been busy looking for the first ever TreeHugging World Champions, both live here in our forest as well as virtually around the globe.

Both contests are now done, and we have our winners.

Stefania from Italy won the live Championships in our forest. We had 10 competitors from 10 different countries (because of the Covid-situation all are residents of our village and nobody had to fly in) competing in 3 different treehugging events; speed hugging, dedication and freestyle. The judges had a real hard time picking the winner since all 10 competitors gave their heart and soul to their performance. However, according to the judges Stefania’s way of encountering the trees was “convincingly caring and insightfully profound”. Watch a recording of the event HERE

The online competition was won by Irina from Moscow. Again, the judges had a hard time since there were a lot of touching, fun and creative entries. Well over a hundred pictures were sent in, but not all of them had coordinates of the tree included. The winning picture ”encompassed sheer joy and warmth that exhibited a deep love for nature”. For her winning entry, Irina received a one-week stay in Levi during TreeHugging2021 next year and a private cocooning trip in the HaliPuu -forest.

All of the hugging pictures have now been added on the World Map of Trees in our HaliPuu – Forest in your pocket -phone app, so you will be able to explore everyone’s entries by location. Download the app here: PLAYSTORE or APPSTORE. Besides the map, the app includes stories from the forest, bite sized forest experiences and more.

Get your TreeHugging picture on the World Map of Trees

We have only just started with our map-endeavor but we already have people join in from around the planet – offering us an intriguing and moving glimpse into people’s love for nature. So even though this years contest is over, we would still love to receive YOUR TreeHugging picture for the World Map of Trees!

Here’s how it works:

1. Find your favorite tree, hug it (or have someone hug it for you) and capture the hug in a picture.

2. Record the coordinates of the tree. You can do this for instance with the compass-function of most phones.

3. Describe why you love this particular tree, or tree hugging in general.

4. Register as a member of HaliPuu HERE. This is to reduce spam on our site.

5. Upload your picture, along with its coordinates and the description in the box below (you will need to register as a member to see the box) OR post it on Instagram with both hashtags #TreeHugging2020 and #HaliPuu OR send it to us by e-mail at info(at)halipuu.com

We are eagerly waiting to see how the trees look in your part of the world!

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