Conkers and Horse Chestnut Trees

Conker time is nearly upon us. After the recent storms the conkers have been falling from the horse chestnut trees around us but they're not quite as fully formed as we would like them to be. Our children are always hunting out the biggest ones for playing conkers. Once you find your chosen conker, a really glossy large one, you want to make a small hole through it to thread some string or an old shoe lace, approx 20-30cm in length and tie a knot. With a friend, take it in turns to wallop each other's conker until one conker is destroyed!  For real conker hints and tips, see The Dangerous Book for Boys!