"According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, it was a headteacher who came up with the idea of children wearing goggles to play conkers, and subsequently other schools banned the game on health and safety grounds.
The HSE said the safety risk from playing conkers was "incredibly low and not worth bothering about"."
As I have said many times on this, and other forums, it's not the real, professional, H&S experts who are the problem.
It's all these jumped up local authority popinjays who use safety regulations of their own invention to cover for their own inadequacies.
I think you have to be lucky to be able to get conkers fit for gaming. All the trees round here are diseased and it's now three years since there were anything but tiny fruit falling off during July. There seems to be a serious possibility of their becoming another lost tree in the UK.
our local park management have taken, I'm glad to see that the kids have removed part of the temporary picket fencing, at great personal risk, to get the conkers anyway, and without wearing hard hats & goggles to boot!
Every year for the last five,my garden has become littered with hundreds of conkers still wearing their spikey jackets.Seems the cemetery up the road contains a very prolific fruiting conker tree & the local kids delight in gathering up the fruits and hurl them over the rooftops of houses,at buses or anything that moves (including my dog/daughter/car/house)and looked totally bemused when I tried explain to these kids that you take the contents out the spikey covering,pierce with a nail and thread a string through to play a game called "conkers"Seems to be more fun trying to injure others than risk a crack over their own knuckles.
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