Alderman wants stay on felling of Anne Frank tree

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam alderwoman for the environment Marijke Vos asked the city district of Centrum on Monday evening to postpone the felling of the 'Anne Frank tree', scheduled for Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.

20 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam alderwoman for the environment Marijke Vos asked the city district of Centrum on Monday evening to postpone the felling of the 'Anne Frank tree', scheduled for Wednesday, the Volkskrant reports.

She says that a test conducted on the tree on Monday and other recent studies indicate that the sick tree does not pose any serious danger. Vos says there is therefore no longer any need for interim proceedings on Tuesday. Mayor Cohen has been deluged with emails from foreigners, mostly Germans, asking that the tree be allowed to stand.

Those who oppose the felling are doing everything to prevent the famous chestnut tree from being destroyed on Wednesday. They have brought the matter to court in a last ditch effort.  

The chestnut tree, which Anne Frank gazed upon from the Annex where she and her family were in hiding during WWII, is so sick that there is a great danger that it could fall over. That is why the private owner was granted a felling permit. Recent study indicated that the 27-tonne chestnut "poses an acute danger to its surroundings."

The Tree Foundation and a number of neighbourhood residents however want to prolong the chestnut's life by securing it with cables so that it cannot fall over. They had a stress test conducted on Monday, which indicated that the tree is strong enough to remain standing for some time.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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