A very warm welcome to the Wester Hailes Allotment Association website. The website is intended mainly for members of the Association, but we hope that all visitors 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.)
Please see the table below for details of the members of Association's current Management Committee.
The Committee took up post on 26 March 2016 following the AGM.
|Chair||David Green||37 West|
|Vice-Chair||John Mackenzie||30 West|
|Secretary||Karen Green||35 West|
|Treasurer||John Wynn||24 West|
|Member||Helen Cairns||51 East|
|Member||David Cochrane||48 East|
|Member||Sherry Lumsden||12 East|
|Member||Michael Moore||34 East|
|Member||Norrie Norquoy||19 West|
Committee members can be contacted on their plots or by post through the Secretary
If you wish to write to the Association Committee please address your letter as follows:-
Wester Hailes Allotment Association
30 Westburn Grove
Alternatively, you can send a message using the contact form
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.
Catherine Beggs for financial services.
Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education (WHALE) for providing "post box" facilities.
You can visit the WHALE website by clicking on the image below.
Grow2eat.com is a horticultural discount scheme consisting of a website and a booklet which is printed twice a year. Click on image to visit the website for the latest discounts especially for grow2eaters!
The Association's Constitution has been revised in the light of amendments approved at the Assocaition's AGM held on 28 March 2015. The revised version can be downloaded by clicking here.