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