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UK prisons defy national salad shortage with inmates growing their own vegetables

As salad becomes increasingly hard to find in supermarkets, green-fingered inmates at The Verne, a men's prison on Dorset's Isle of Portland, have harvested their own. And it's not just one or two: the yield included no less than 1,300 lettuces.

Lettuce, peas, onions, carrots, tomatoes, beans, and peppers are among the types of fruit and veg grown by green-fingered lags, who have recently harvested 1,300 lettuces and 260kg of green grub. More than 20 prisoners work in the gardens at The Verne, a men's prison on Dorset's Isle of Portland. The jail has been praised for the "high standard" of its food.

A report by prison inspectors said: "The board is impressed with the variety of menus offered, catering for all requirements on a very limited per capita allowance. There were very few complaints from the prisoners."

In recent weeks, salad has been increasingly hard to find in supermarkets, due to smaller crop yields and bad weather abroad. Inmates at other jails have their own bakeries and keep bees in hives to make honey.


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