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World conkerors: The brothers who collected 7,500 horse chestnuts

Posted on 8:15 AM by Sameer Shah

Two conker-mad brothers are targeting a place in the record books - after amassing an astonishing 7,500 horse chestnuts.

Mason and Jordan Latter, aged 10 and nine, took just two weeks to gather the massive collection during autumn.


The conkers were originally kept in bags of 500 inside the family home, in Bramley, near Basingstoke, Hampshire.







But as numbers grew and grew, the boys’ mother Carinna Latter, 38, decided the collection had to be moved outside into the garden.

The enterprising youngsters even roped in some of their friends to gather the nuts for them.

Their father Matt Latter, 39, said: ‘Every year the boys try and collect as many as they can but this year they decided to try and collect 1,000.

‘Then when they had 1,000 they wanted 2,000 and it just went on like that.

‘As the collection grew they looked at the Guinness World Records and saw that there was no record for the largest conker collection.

‘That gave them the impetus to get more and more.

‘They roped some of their friends in and at one point we were getting kids turn up at the house with rucksacks loaded with conkers.








‘They were all inside the house in bags of 500 but when the collection reached about 7,000 my wife decided they were getting in her way so they had to be moved outside.’

Mr Latter added: ‘We heard there was supposed to be a conker shortage this year.

‘But I reckon that’s because we had them all.

‘It only took about two weeks for the boys to collect all the conkers but they worked so hard.

‘If they could they would have collected more but we simply had nowhere to keep them.’ Guinness World Records spokesman Damian Field said there was currently no category for ‘largest conker collection’.

He added: ‘The children are welcome to apply on our website to see if they can get a new category recognised.

‘It will be up to our records management team to make the decision.’

The only conker-related world record is currently for having the most ‘simultaneous matches’. The record is currently held by a ‘5,000er’ and was set in 1954.

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