Borders Forest Trust is sorry to announce that the 6th Scottish Conker Championships have been cancelled. The event was due to take place on Saturday 20th October 2012 in Peebles, but a lack of conkers has left the organisers with no choice but to cancel. Despite many efforts to locate a source of suitable conkers in time to prepare for the event, this past summer’s weather has meant that too few are available.
“The first five Scottish Conker Championships were a real success, so we are saddened that the event won’t be happening this year” said BFT’s Communications Officer Louisa Finch. “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 Championships will be back next year.”
Although the cancellation of the competition is bound to cause disappointment, there are lots of other activities happening in Peebles this weekend as part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival (www.forest-festival.com). The Wood Market offers the chance to buy a wide range of unique Scottish wood products direct from the makers while nearby on Tweed Green visitors will be able to see chainsaw artists in action creating wonderful animals. Also on the Green you can try your hand at making a wooden spoon, bat box or make a witches broom for Halloween. There will be plenty of children’s activities and entertainment including the magical Woodland Puppets and music will be provided by Nomad Beat with drum workshops in the yurt.
For more information about the Tweed Valley Forest Festival please visit www.forest-festival.com or contact the Tweed Valley Festival Organiser Chris Sawers 07801 308991