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Memorial woodland to open in Liverpool in honour of George Harrison

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A new memorial woodland to honour Beatles star George Harrison is to open in Liverpool.

The George Harrison Woodland Walk, announced on what would have been his 77th birthday, will be in south Liverpool close to where George was born and grew up.

The 12-acre site opposite Allerton Towers is currently a mixture of mature woodland and meadow.

It will officially open in 2021 and will combine woodland with a number of artistic installations inspired by the life and lyrics of the much-loved Beatle.

Liverpool City Council and the Harrison family want to encourage artists to design new artworks which will take pride of place in the garden.

The Beatles in 1963. Credit: PA

The longer term aim is for a 'nature classroom' to be opened on the site, allowing school children from across the region to spend time learning about nature and the environment.

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."

Drone footage from Liverpool City Council:

Mayor of Liverpool, 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 announce 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."

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