The Conker Ban
Children love the golden, irresistible conkers that lie on the ground under the trees, in their green, spiky armour. Autumn used to be the time for conker fights but some youngsters were being too rough and conker games were banned from schools and playgrounds about five or six years ago, after the skin of the conker flew into someone’s eye.
The chestnut tree’s leaves are being threatened with small caterpillar things in the leaves and it’s making the conkers smaller. However the World Conker Championships still went ahead last month in Oundle, Northampton and I’m pleased to say no one ended up in A & E!
Back to the playground, the same thing happened to the once popular games like leapfrog and bull dog, because headteachers say these games are too dangerous.
But many children disagree with such bans. A pupil from a Lincolnshire primary school, referring to the conkers, said: “I don’t think it should be banned because children had fun playing it and why take it away from them?”
And many adults agree with this view. One told YJA: “Kids should be allowed to play the conker game because it’s fun and exciting. I don’t know why it was banned in the first place!”
Of course a long tradition has come to an end. If you’re into history, the first recorded game of conkers is believed to have taken place in the Isle of Wight in 1848.
With the growing emphasis on removing risks from our lives, it’s unlikely that the great traditional games will return to our playgrounds.
Amelia, Year 5
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy