Paper £10 notes will go out of circulation at midnight today, Thursday, March 1.

This means you will no longer be able to spend them in stores, or receive them as change from retailers.

The paper tenner featuring Charles Darwin was issued on November 7, 2000, and has been in co-circulation along with the polymer £10 note since September last year.

Find out what you can do if you cannot spend or bank your notes in time.

What happens if I don't spend or bank my paper tenners before midnight?

You can still cash your notes at the bank before midnight, and some will accept them for an extended period after the date has passed.

However, check with your bank if they will extend the deadline, the dates will differ.

You can exchange notes which have been withdrawn from circulation, in person or by post, to the Bank of England, see more information here .

If you are exchanging large amounts, you may be asked to provide identification, such as a passport or driving licence.

Why was the paper note replaced?

The polymer tenner entered circulation on September, 14 2017. It features Jane Austen on it, and came one year after the polymer £5 note was released.

Production of the note began in August last year, and in three years time it will be followed by a new polymer £20 note which will feature the British painter JMW Turner.

The Bank of England printed 10 billion of the polymer tenners. The material is a thin, flexible plastic which is environmentally friendly, in comparison to paper, due to its durability.

Polymer notes are believed to have a lower carbon footprint than paper ones, according to The Carbon Trust.

The carbon footprint of a £10 polymer banknote is 8 per cent lower than a £10 paper one.

What are the design features of the polymer £10 note?

Denomination numeral

The large number 10 and £ symbol in the top-left hand corner of the front of the note help you easily see its value. There is also a slightly smaller number 10 in the top-right corner.

Recognition symbol

For the partially sighted, it has a densely coloured orange diamond on the front.

Unique numbering

A unique serial number is printed horizontally and vertically on the back of the note. The horizontal numbers is in the bottom right corner. It is made up of multi-coloured letters and numbers, which increase in height from left to right. The vertical number runs down the left-hand side and the numbers and letters are the same height and colour.

Copyright symbol

The international copyright symbol is included on the front and the back of the £10 note, around the edge of the watermark area.