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UK towns are letting drivers pay for their parking with conkers

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FINALLY, BRITISH DRIVERS can pay for parking with chestnuts.

It’s the next best thing to parking that costs peanuts: parking that costs chestnuts.

A company that runs carparks in the English cities of Leeds and Manchester is temporarily letting drivers pay with conkers.

Town Centre Car Parks is accepting horse chestnuts for parking time at a rate of 20 pence (24 cent) apiece and has collected about 1,500 of the nuts so far.

The week-long “Bonkers for Conkers” campaign was due to end Sunday, but company spokesman Matthew Williamson said on Thursday that it may be extended.

The chestnuts are only being accepted at staffed parking lots, not automated ticket machines.

You can’t put conkers into coin slots,

Williamson noted.

The company said the project aimed to raise awareness about carbon emissions from automobiles and it plans to sponsor a forest to help offset carbon emissions.

It hasn’t decided yet what to do with the conkers.

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