A group of local activists has invited the public to take part in its second scheduled “Tree Hugging Day” on Saturday, March 20th, the first day of spring, as a way to express gratitude for trees.

People of all ages are encouraged to take a moment on the spring equinox to hug a tree

or two to show appreciation for trees and the many aesthetic, environmental and life-giving attributes they provide, said Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin, who helped organize the event.

The group held its first “Tree Hugging Day” in September on the first day of fall.

Rubin is a co-founder of Treesavers, a group that formed a few years ago to fight the City of Santa Monica’s project to remove ficus trees in downtown.

People are encouraged to hug a tree on their own or join with the Alliance for Survival for a public group tree hug at the “Children’s Tree of Life” at noon March 20th in Palisades Park, Ocean and Colorado avenues, in Santa Monica.

At 12:45 p.m. the event will continue with a four-block “Palisades Park tree-hugging march” north to Wilshire Boulevard, where another group tree hug will be held at 1 p.m. at the Moreton Bay fig tree in the courtyard of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Rubin said.

Information, www.treehuggingday.com/.