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Fan suggests replanting damaged George Harrison tree as part of annual tribute

The George Harrison memorial tree, which was reported by the Los Angeles Times reported July 21 to be infested with real beetles (the bugs), could be replanted as part of this year's public remembrance of Harrison's death, the man who organizes the tribute to Harrison told Beatles Examiner. Jerry Rubin, who heads the George Harrison memorial celebration annually at the Capitol Records tower, wrote a letter to Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge suggesting the tree be replanted Nov. 28, the day before the anniversary of Harrison's death on Nov. 29, 2001. He also invited LaBonge to be guest speaker at this year's memorial event on Nov. 29.

“May I humbly suggest Friday, November 28, the day after Thanksgiving as a possible time for a public tree replanting ceremony in Griffith Park. That way Harrison and Beatles fans could all be invited to attend both special events on November 28 and November 29,” he wrote.

The Times reported the tree had grown to more than 10 feet tall. The problems with the tree were reported by LaBonge. According to the UK Daily Mail, the tree was planted three years after Harrison's death in Los Angeles. The site featured a rock and a plaque In front of it was a rock and plaque that has an inscription “The George Harrison Tree: In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” The plaque also had a quote from Harrison, "For the forest to be green, each tree must be green."

According to a tour guide who shows tourists Beatles sites in the Los Angeles area, the tree never really got the attention or the care it should have. “I believe I've been up there about a dozen times. I always commented that it looked like it hadn't really taken off,” Gillian Lomax, who runs the Beatles-related A Magical History Tour that covers Fab Four sites in the Los Angeles area, said.

But she also said the tree site didn't have much to attract visitors. “It wasn't the kind of tree that gave off any ooooomph,” she said. “I think people took more notice of it when it was decorated on his birthday. I would invite fans up to his tree at Griffith Park and would decorate it with massive Christmas tree balls and wind ornaments. Around it we had gnomes and brought cake and played George Harrison music.”

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