A very warm welcome to the Wester Hailes Allotment Association website. The website is intended for members of the Association and other visitors, and we hope that all will find something of interest.
We are an independent association. We operate on two sites in the south west of Edinburgh. Please see the "About Us" section below to learn more about us and to see where we are located.
Wester Hailes Allotment Association was established in 1978 as an independent allotment association on a site situated in the south-west of Edinburgh. The Association is idependent in the sense that it is not run by the local Council, although we do rent ground from the Council.
When it was established in 1978 it 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 Babertion Mains. Since then, the Association has operated on 2 sites - the East Side and the West Side (view a map of the area).
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 few now come from further afield, including some from West Lothian, although these are mostly "locals" who have moved outwith the City.
In total there are now 100 or so allotments on both the East and West Sides. (This number can vary as sometimes we have half plots.)
Our plots are roughly 200 square yards in size and are mostly rectangular shaped. A typical plot would be around 60ft by 30ft.
Water is available on site but members are asked to use it responsibly and to collect and use rain water wherever possible.
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.
Details of the Association Committee are set out in the table below.
|Chair||David Green||37 West|
|Vice-Chair||George Allen||10 East|
|Secretary||Karen Green||35 West|
|Treasurer||John Wynn||24 West|
|Member||Gordon Black||46B East|
|Member||Tim Connelly||53 East|
|Member||John Hanna||34 West|
|Member||Mhairi Duncan||36 West|
|Member||Marco Palumbo||28 West;|
Here are some photos from Our gallery.
You can view them all on the Gallery page.
Here are some hints and tips you might find helpful
Spring! It's time to:-
sow, sow, sow!!
Fruit yields have been exceptional this year with heavy croppings of apples, plums, pears, strawberries, blackcurrants and more.
The glorious summer may have had something to do with it.
Potato yields, on the other hand, were generally poor though some members had a good crop of several varieties.
If Association members have photographs of their plots or produce that they would like to share with us, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
We are grateful for the continuing support we receive from the following organisations and individuals
Wester Hailes Education Centre for providing facilities for our monthly committee meetings.
Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education (WHALE) for providing "post box" facilities.
Catherine Beggs for financial services.