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Lettuce needs lots of light and warmth to grow. The south coast of England is a great place to grow lettuce, because it’s sunnier and warmer than anywhere else in the UK.

The south coast has 10% more light than inland areas, and the sea reflects light and acts as an insulator, keeping the surrounding land warm. In the winter it’s too cold for lettuce to grow in England, so it’s brought over from warmer countries like Spain.