A very warm welcome to the Wester Hailes Allotment Association website. The website is intended for members and prospective members of the Association but we hope that everyone who visits the site will find something of interest.
We, the members of the association, are a welcoming, multi-cultural community of people who enjoy cultivating our plots to grow vegetables and fruit. Some members also grow and show some flowers, but the main production is fruit and vegetables.
Wester Hailes Allotment Association was established in 1978 as an independent allotment association on a
situated in the south-west of Edinburgh. The Association is independent in the sense that it is not run by
the local council.
We rent ground from the City of Edinburgh Council as well as a private landowner.
When it was established in 1978, the Association operated on a single site off Westburn Avenue in Wester Hailes.
In the early 1980s when the City By-Pass was being extended through to the Gyle, the allotment site was
split in two by a new
public highway between Westburn and Baberton Mains. Since then, the Association has operated on 2 sites -
the East Side and the
In 1981, a small area of land at the western-most end of the West Side was rented from the then local farmer and this was used to establish 12 new plots.
In the early days, plotholders were local residents of Wester Hailes and the Calders. Today, members of
the Association are still mostly local residents who live within a mile or so of the 2 sites. But quite a
now come from further afield. Anyone who can commit to maintaining a plot to the required standard is
welcome to apply to join the association.
In total there are now 100 allotments (plots) split between the East and West Sides.
|Chair||Michael Muirhead||15 West|
|Vice-Chair||John Hanna||34 West|
|Secretary||Kirsty Williamson||20 West|
|Treasurer||Tim Connelley||53 East|
|Member||Khalid Bashir||45 East|
|Member||Mark Dunn||18 West|
|Member||Dave Jarrold||28 East|
|Member||Doreen Quinney||33 East|
|Member||Witold Wantuch||13 East|
Committee members can be contacted on their plots or by post through the Secretary
If you wish to write to the Association, please address your letter as follows:-
Wester Hailes Allotment Association
30 Westburn Grove
Alternatively, you can send a message using the contact formClick for contact form
Members are required to cultivate and maintain their allotments to a standard of at least seventy-five percent of the allotment being under cultivation mainly for the production of fruit and vegetable crops.
Alas, from time-to-time it becomes necessary to terminate a tenancy. This action usually arises from the plot being neglected and/or not cultivated to the required standard.
Water is available on site but members are expected to use it responsibly and to collect and use rain water wherever possible.
We are grateful for the ongoing help we receive from: