Top spots to find champion conkers
If you want to win at conkers this autumn the most important thing you'll need is a champion collection. Our top tip for picking the best conkers is to put all the ones you've gathered in a bucket of water. Any that sink to the bottom are winners, those that float are losers. You'll also be ticking off No. 10 play conkers of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. Here are some of the best spots to find winning conkers:
" Drill your conkers very carefully with a sharp bit to avoid splitting the outer shell and then leave them in the airing cupboard or on top of a radiator for a week or so"
" A great conker is one that has been stored in a dry place for at least a year. This matures it and makes it rock hard and therefore formidable."