Details of plan to preserve 'Anne Frank's Tree' agreed

The monumental chestnut tree that comforted Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis will be preserved for at least five more years under a plan agreed Wednesday, the Anne Frank House museum said. The tree, which is afflicted with a lethal fungus, had been slated to be cut down last year until a judge ordered a reprieve while supporters worked on a plan to preserve it. Museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart said the tree's crown would be trimmed and supported this spring, and a steel ring brace would be placed around its upper trunk. The tree is now expected to survive between five and 15 years, she said.