Bleeding cankers and leaf miner moths are threatening this year’s World Conker Championship, say organisers.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the dual assault on the UK’s horse chestnut trees is leading to a shortage of conkers, which has left the competition’s officials fearing that the event may have to be cancelled for the first time in its history.
The paper says the Forestry Commission estimates that half of the UK’s horse chestnuts are showing symptons of bleeding cankers, while the leaf miner moth affects many southern specimens, primarily in the South-East.
Organisers say they are considering importing conkers from mainland Europe.
Source: Daily Telegraph, UK