Good harvest will be stonker for conker fest

15/10/11'Boxmoor Trust Conker Festival.
15/10/11'Boxmoor Trust Conker Festival.

A conker festival is on track for its annual return with organisers hopeful for a bountiful harvest of the rock hard seasonal seeds.

Organised by the Box Moor Trust, the Conker Festival will see hundreds of people gather to battle it out for the title of Conker Champion.

It takes place on Blackbirds Moor, Hemel Hempstead, on Sunday, October 21, and trust staff will gather up hundreds of conkers in advance for use by contestants as they go head to head.

The trust’s Elaine Rushton said: “Last year was so dry that the trees produced fewer conkers, but fortunately we had enough for the festival because we have so many trees on the trust’s land.”

“This year has been wetter and the trees seem to be doing better. Hopefully there will be a lot of conkers about.”

Once they are collected, each conkers is drilled and threaded with string before being handed out to those taking part.

Last October around 500 people turned out for the day, which also included a variety of other activities.

This time around there will be archery with the Berkhamsted Bowmen and pottery courtesy of the Dacorum & Chiltern Potters Guild.

Music will be provided by Jolly Jazzers, and there will be other charity and community stalls on the day.

The eventful day will be proceeded by a first for the trust.

On Saturday, October 20, the first Wood, Wool and Food Festival will take place. Also on Blackbirds Moor, it will feature local produce and materials including plants, wines, meads, ciders, crafts and livestock.

To find out more, visit www.boxmoortrust.org.uk