Mother Nature smashes hopes for Scottish Conker Championships go-ahead after shortage forces tournament call-off

Conker shortage has forced cancellation of Scots tournament. Picture: PA
Conker shortage has forced cancellation of Scots tournament. Picture: PA
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ORGANISERS of the Scottish Conker Championships have had to call off this year’s event at the last minute - due to a shortage of conkers.

• Scottish Conker Championships cancelled because of conker shortage

• Bad weather over last few months to blame

Efforts to find an emergency supply of conkers for the event at Peebles, in the Borders, on Saturday drew a blank.

The Borders Forest Trust, which has organised the event for the last five years, said the move was unavoidable due to the bad weather over the last few months.

Spokeswoman Louisa Finch said: “The first championships were a real success, so we are saddened that the event won’t be happening this year.

“Many horse chestnut trees are bare this year or only have very small conkers which wouldn’t have fared well in competition.

“We’d like to apologise for any disappointment caused and hope that the event will be back next year.”

Maurice Hurrell, of Tullibody, in Clackmannanshire, won last year’s event, which attracted competitors as young as seven.