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2013-09-20 08:45

BONKERS FOR CONKERS: Chestnuts, usually reserved for a children's pastime, can now be used to pay for parking at facilities in the English cities of Leeds and Manchester. Image: YOUTUBE

A company that runs car parks in the British cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with nuts. It's the next best thing to parking that costs peanuts - parking that costs chestnuts!

LONDON, England - A company that runs car parks in the central English cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with huge, dark-brown seeds that fall from horse-chestnut trees each autumn.


Town Centre Car Parks is accepting what the English - particularly children who threat them on a length of string and bash them together to see which stays in one piece for longer - call "conkers" for parking time at a rate of 20 pence (about R3) each.

So far it has collected about 1500 of the nuts.

The week-long "Bonkers for Conkers" campaign is due to end on September 22, 2013 but might be extended.

The firm said it plans to sponsor a forest to help offset carbon emissions. It hasn't decided what to do with the conkers. Plant them, perhaps, to makes sure the kids of the future can keep on playing "conkers".

Perhaps the Airports Company of SA can give travellers a break by taking pine nuts as payment for a week instead of fleecing us? Wouldn't that be nice...

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