Anne Frank’s tree may be no more – but sapling lives on

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THE horse ch­est­nut tree made fa­mous by anne Frank’s diary may have come crash­ing down in a storm in the Nether­lands this week – but it lives on at a Bri­tish ar­bore­tum.

The 150-year-old tree that stood in the gar­den be­hind the am­s­ter­dam house where anne and her fam­ily hid dur­ing the Sec­ond World War was felled by the storm on Mon­day.

How­ever, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of this hap­pen­ing, grafts had been taken from the tree three years ago, and one of those has been care­fully nur­tured by staff at Batsford ar­bore­tum in Glouces- ter­shire. It is now about 2ft and is cur­rently in full leaf.

ar­bore­tum trustee Tony Rus­sell said: “The demise of such an im­por­tant and cher­ished tree is a very sad event in­deed, but it is heart­en­ing to know that anne Frank’s tree will live on through its young off­spring.”

anne made a num­ber of ref­er­ences to the horse ch­est­nut tree in the cel­e­brated diary that she kept dur­ing the 25 months she re­mained in hid­ing.

The Jewish teenager and her fam­ily were ar­rested by the Nazis in au­gust 1944, and she died of ty­phus in the Ber­genBelsen con­cen­tra­tion camp in March 1945.

tall a WORK­MaN crushed to death when his dumper truck over­turned at a build­ing site has been named by po­lice.

Mar­cel Dais­ley was killed on Thurs­day at the site in Ban­beath Road in Leven, Fife, where drinks com­pany Di­a­geo’s new bot­tling hall is be­ing built.

Po­lice called to the scene tried to save the 37-year-old, known to friends and fam­ily as Ja­son, but he died from his in­juries.

In a state­ment re­leased by po­lice, Mr Dais­ley’s wife, Tracy, paid trib­ute to her hus­band on be­half of their two girls, Teigan, aged one, and Hay­den, two.

She said: “We are dev­as­tated by the sud­den loss of a won­der- ful, lov­ing hus­band and fa­ther. I can­not put into words how we feel about Ja­son not be­ing able to see our chil­dren grow up. any­body who knew Ja­son will re­alise what a loss he is to us all.”

Fife Con­stab­u­lary has be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. a spokesman said: “a re­port was sub­mit­ted to­day to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal at Kirk­caldy re­gard­ing his death.”

a spokesman for con­struc­tion firm Rok said: “Ev­ery­one at Rok would like to ex­press deep­est sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of our col­league who died in this tragic ac­ci­dent. We have taken im­me­di­ate steps to close the site and will be pro­vid­ing sup­port to any mem­ber of the team af­fected by this sad news.

“We would like to thank the out­stand­ing po­lice of­fi­cers who ad­min­is­tered CPR. We will now be work­ing with the po­lice, procu­ra­tor fis­cal and Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive so the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this tragic ac­ci­dent can be as­cer­tained.” a HOS­PI­TaL has apol­o­gised and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter med­i­cal staff plas­tered the wrong arm of a two-year-old girl.

Honey Wight was treated in Southamp­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal af­ter she jumped off a slide and chipped a bone in her arm. a CHaR­ITY is invit­ing peo­ple to host a fundrais­ing lunch and sup­port its work help­ing il­lit­er­ate peo­ple es­cape from poverty. Feed the Minds wants as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to host Lunches for Life events on 8 Septem­ber to co­in­cide with In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­acy Day.

Mar­cel Dais­ley was mar­ried with two young chil­dren

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