7 January 2000

Renewed effort to save prison farm

EFFORTS to save a prison and its farm are to be stepped up.

North Sea Camp on the Lincs coast, including a large farm which supplies food to many UK prisons, is under threat of closure.

Staff are now producing a video about the work of the prison and farm, which is worked by inmates, to show to Home Office minister Paul Boateng during a visit planned for Jan 14.

Part of the farm could be lost later this year as part of a coastline strategy of managed retreat.

The North Sea will be allowed to invade to create new wildlife habitat along a stretch which the Environment Agency regards as indefensible in the long term. &#42