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The George Harrison woodland memorial to open in Liverpool

To mark what would have been the 77th birthday of Beatles founding member George Harrison, Liverpool City Council has announced their plans to build a memorial garden in tribute to his legacy.

The project, which comes in conjunction with the George Harrison Estate, will see a new memorial woodland being created in the suburb of Allerton, close to where Harrison was born and raised.

Executives helming the project have said that The George Harrison Woodland Walk, a 12-acre site, is being pencilled in for a 2021 opening date.

Speaking about the plans Olivia Harrison, George’s wife, said: “George was an avid gardener who found solace and joy in being in the outdoors. I don’t think there is any better way to commemorate him in Liverpool than with a garden which can become a place of tranquillity and reflection for everyone.

She added: “I am really looking forward to watching it change and grow over the coming years.”

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “It has been one of my ambitions as mayor to find an appropriate way for us as a city to celebrate one of our most-loved sons, so I am overjoyed that at last we can announced the George Harrison Woodland Walk.

“The site is beautiful and the plans for the area in the coming months are really exciting. It feels right that at last we have a permanent memorial to celebrate George’s life, loves and influence.”