Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A George Harrison memorial tree will be planted at Griffith Park this week to replace one that recently succumbed to a beetle infestation.

Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district includes Griffith Park, will take part in a ceremony Wednesday to replace the Canary Island pine tree that was planted in 2004 at the Charlie Turner Trailhead, near the Griffith Observatory, to honor the Beatles’ lead guitarist.

The new tree will be a yew pine.

Chris Carter, who deejays KLSX’s “Breakfast With the Beatles” show, will emcee the ceremony.

“All my loving goes to our fan favorite, George Harrison,” LaBonge said, noting that the ceremony will take place on what would have been Harrison’s 72nd birthday. He died in 2001.

A plaque near the tree site reads: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and gardener.” It also includes a statement attributed to Harrison: “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.”

City News Service

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