Anne Frank tree ok for five more years
Thursday 03 January 2008
The horse chestnut tree which Anne Frank wrote about in her Second World War diary can survive another five to 15 years, according to eight tree experts, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.
The local council and the Anne Frank Foundation want to cut down the 160-year old chestnut tree, saying it is a danger to the public and property.
But plans to chop down the tree in December were halted by the courts which ordered further investigation.
The eight experts - four representing the council and four chosen by the tree protection foundation - agree that the tree has been attacked by fungus but say it can be kept alive for at least five more years and possibly 15.
The annual cost of keeping the tree, including a steel support system, is put at some €10,000 a year.
Meanwhile, the Anne Frank house announced on Thursday that record number of visitors in 2007.
Over one million people, mainly from the US and Britain, visited the house on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.