OK, you got us, this was simply an April Fool 😂
We had you for a minute though, right?
A new initiative that it is hoped will support the British farming industry is being introduced to the British Army.
In a change to tradition, beeswax will be replaced by organic butter in the age-old practice of bulling boots. Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Al Forpoil explains:
“To be honest, we are surprised that using butter for a better shine hasn’t been recognised before.
"In keeping with the army’s green credentials and in a bid to support the British farming industry, we think that butter blocks in the block will be putting our best foot forward.”
It is said that farmers are excited by this initiative as well. Flora Ipol’s family have run a dairy herd for three generations close to Salisbury. About the announcement she said:
“This is a wonderful initiative and to know the army is behind British farming after what has been a difficult few years means the world to us.”
The move comes after a new study found a third of British wild bees and hoverflies are in decline, leading to a significant reduction in the availability of beeswax. RSM Al Forpoil said:
“Bees are such an important part of our ecosystem and have to be protected.
“Green initiatives are very much a part of 21st century soldiering and we look forward to being able to play our part.”