Going crazy for conkers: Competition champions are crowned at festival

L to R ' Tom Mitchell (junior runner-up), Peter Phillips (Box Moor Trustee), Luke Pierleoni (Junior Conker Champion 2015).
L to R ' Tom Mitchell (junior runner-up), Peter Phillips (Box Moor Trustee), Luke Pierleoni (Junior Conker Champion 2015).

Two new champions were crowned at this year’s ever popular Conker Festival following a series of hotly contested knock out bouts.

The Box Moor Trust’s Autumn Festival on Saturday, October 10 and the Conker Festival the following day saw around 500 people turn out at Blackbirds Moor in Hemel Hempstead to take part in the activities on offers.

L to R -  Harvey Barnes (Conker Champion 2015), Peter Phillips (Box Moor Trustee), Dev Parry (runner-up).

L to R - Harvey Barnes (Conker Champion 2015), Peter Phillips (Box Moor Trustee), Dev Parry (runner-up).

Stalls did brisk business, while crowds got to see woodworking in action thanks to chainsaw carver Will Lee and hand carver Vince King along with members of the Herts and Beds Wood Turners.

Activities included archery, storytelling, a craft tent, pottery and circus skills workshops and a mobile farm.

Victors in the conker tournament were overall winner Harvey Barnes, and junior winner Luke Pierleoni.

There was a crafts tent at the festival.

There was a crafts tent at the festival.

Around 500 people turned out for the fun on offer.

Around 500 people turned out for the fun on offer.

Chainsaw artist Will Lee.

Chainsaw artist Will Lee.

Turbo the tortoise.

Turbo the tortoise.

There was a pet farm at the festival.

There was a pet farm at the festival.