A market trader has started an underground mushroom farm beneath an old railway station – fuelled by used coffee beans from local cafés.
Hugh Prentice, 56, started growing the fungi in vaults underneath Green Park Station market in Bath, Somerset, when he retired last year.
The accounts manager jumps on his bike to collect 30kg of used coffee beans from a dozen willing cafés around the city every day.
He mixes the beans with spawn which feed off the decomposing coffee to create oyster mushrooms ready to be sold at market.
The unusual mushroom farm is currently a pilot project making a few kilogrammes of fungi a week, but Hugh hopes to have enough crops to start trading fully next month.
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