Second tree planted in honour of George Harrison after beetles eat original

First tree was planted in 2002

Relatives of George Harrison have planted a tree in honour of the late Beatle on what would would have been his 72nd birthday.

A group that included Harrison’s sister, Louise, and sister-in-law, Linda Arias, came together in Griffith Park, Los Angeles on Wednesday (February 25) to replace a tree that was planted in 2002 but had since been devoured by beetles.

As reported by The Guardian, a local band played a number of Harrison’s song during the event, including ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Give Me Love’.

“We never expected to be doing this again,” said Paula Greenfield, an organise of both plantings. “They [the beetles] hollowed it out. When I saw the pictures I thought, ‘No, this has to be photoshopped’.”

Harrison died from cancer in Los Angeles in 2001. A plaque near the tree reads: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.”

Last September, a host of musicians including Brian Wilson, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club all paid tribute to Harrison at a special concert that saw all proceeds go to Sweet Relief, a charity for musicians struggling financially due to illness or disability. George Fest: A Night To Honour The Music of George Harrison took place at LA’s El Rey Theatre and also featured cover versions of the guitarist’s hits from Weird Al Yankovic and TV host Conan O’Brien.