The seemingly endless rise in the cost of sprays and fertilisers can feel as though you’re throwing tonnes of cash on your crops – now that may literally be the case.
Billions of pounds-worth of the outgoing paper £20 notes are being turned into compost for agricultural use.
The Bank of England has started to destroy about £40bn-worth of the old paper banknotes, which are gradually being replaced by the new plastic ones put into circulation this week.
Since the early 2000s the organisation has recycled old bank notes by using a composting treatment, similar to the way food waste is converted.
As of 2011, all of the Bank’s paper-note waste has been turned into compost to improve the health of the nation’s farmland. Talk about rich soil.
If only the original value of all those rotted down paper £20s translated into your cash crops.