Anne Frank tree no longer in danger

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A brace will be erected to keep the tree standing.

23 January 2008

AMSTERDAM – The Volkskrant reports that Amsterdam city district Centrum, the Anne Frank Foundation and supporters of the chestnut tree which has been the subject of controversy these last months have reached agreement on keeping the tree in place.

It is expected that the tree, which is about 170 years old, will be able to remain in the garden outside the Anne Frank House for at least another five to ten years.

A special brace will be erected around the tree to accommodate for any further weakening of the trunk. The costs of the plan to preserve the tree will be donated by the Support the Anne Frank Tree foundation, which believes it will be able to raise plenty of sponsorship money worldwide for the cause.

Until now the city district has paid any costs related to the tree. Its obligation to do so will expire as of 30 January. The city district and the Anne Frank foundation wanted to have the tree cut down, because disease had weakened it, increasing the chance that it might collapse. The plan met with a storm of protest however.

[Copyright Expatica News 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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