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September 19, 2006
The conker trees of London and beyond are dying. They've been targeted by a moth larva that's killing them off. The fear is that the disease will spread throughout the country and kill them all, much like Dutch elm disease killed off all the Elm trees some 30 years ago. The thought of there being no more conker trees is terrible. They were such an important part of my childhood. Collecting conkers was one of those pleasures that can still promote feelings of warmth and well-being. The country will be a far poorer place if all the conker trees disappear.