Deal made to save Anne Frank tree
( BBC ) - Dutch officials and conservationists have reached a deal to save the tree that brought comfort to Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis.
The 150-year-old horse chestnut will be supported by a frame before the summer.
The Support Anne Frank Tree Foundation won a court injunction in November stopping the city of Amsterdam from cutting down the diseased tree.
Officials feared it could topple over and crash into the Anne Frank Museum, which gets a million visitors a year.
The city of Amsterdam, the museum, the tree's owner, the Netherlands' Trees Institute and the Support Anne Frank Tree Foundation agreed on the plan, which was worked out by a team of experts from several countries.
An Amsterdam judge granted the tree a temporary reprieve last year, after the city council ordered it to be chopped down.
Neighbours and supporters argued that, as a symbol of freedom, the tree was worth making extraordinary efforts to preserve.
Even for posterity, grafts have been taken from the chestnut and are being raised in a nursery to replace the old tree if it turns out it cannot be saved again in 15 years' time.