It is with regret and sadness that we announce the death of Bill Johnston, long time member of the Allotment Association. Bill died on 28 May 2020 aged 80 years. For many of those years Bill gave great service to the Association. Further down you will read a brief account of the Association's history from its founding in 1978. Bill was one of the founding members. In 1978 he helped establish the Association and he even marked out the plot boundaries before any of the plots were let. In the years that followed, Bill worked tirelessly to build up the Association and made it a thriving and durable community. We probably would not have the allotments today if it wasn’t for Bill’s foresight and for all his hard work over very many years. Thank you, Bill. Rest in Peace.
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, the members of the association, are a welcoming community of people who grow vegetables and fruit to feed ourselves and our families. The main purpose of the allotments is to grow food. Some members also show vegetables and flowers.
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 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 from 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 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||Chris Griffin||57 East|
|Secretary||John Rafferty||32 East|
|Treasurer||John Wynn||24 West|
|Member||Tim Connelly||53 East|
|Member||Mhairi Duncan||36 West|
|Member||John Hanna||34 West|
|Member||Mike Hicks||13 West|
|Member||Michael Muirhead||15 West|
|Member||Witold Wantuch||13 East|
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:-
start sowing (under cover!)
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.