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Sunday 28 December 2014

German tree sprouts 10,000 Easter eggs

German Volker Kraft and his garden tree that he decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs (AP)
German Volker Kraft and his garden tree that he decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs (AP)

If you thought Easter eggs did not grow on trees, German Volker Kraft would like you to think again.

Mr Kraft's apple sapling sported just 18 eggs when he first decorated it for Easter in 1965. The number increased year by year; and by last year, it was festooned with 9,800 eggs, artfully decorated with everything from sequins to sea shells.

This time, he has reached 10,000 - and he says he is stopping there.

The 76-year-old retiree said: "There will be no increase because I do not have storage capacity anymore. I would have to sleep with the eggs otherwise."

Mr Kraft's tree in the town of Saalfeld has become a tourist attraction, drawing thousands of people every year. Decorating trees with coloured eggs at Easter is a tradition in Germany - although usually on a smaller scale.

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