Pay for Parking With Conkers in Manchester and Leeds

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Merrion Centre and Clarence Dock car parks in Leeds, and 30 Tariff Street in Manchester, are good places to park if you're up there at the moment, thanks to attendants currently on hand to accept payment in conkers. One conker = 20p is the current exchange rate this week.

It's not because the North is feeling the effects of the recession and has reverted to a barter economy. It's to highlight how car park operator TCCP is bothered about nature despite encouraging the use of motorised vehicles, with separate money raising activities going toward paying to sponsor a forest to help offset emissions in some way.

Here are the Ts&Cs of the conkers payment scheme:

 - One intact conker can be exchanged for parking at a value of 20 pence, up to a maximum of £10.

- A maximum of 50 conkers can be exchanged per vehicle within the validity period

- Offer is only valid between Monday 16th September and Sunday 22nd September.

- Offer valid at the following TCCP car parks: The Merrion Centre, Leeds, Clarence Dock, Leeds, and 30 Tariff Street, Manchester.

- One vehicle per household can exchange conkers within the validity period.

Ben Ziff, TCCP's MD, said: "Car emissions are on the rise throughout the country. We thought it would be a fun idea to raise awareness and give a little bit back. We all have fond memories of looking for conkers so this seemed like a great idea for our customers. We are looking forward to seeing how many people bring us." [TCCP via Yorkshire Evening Post]

Image credit: Conkers from Shutterstock