Our two allotment sites, Burnside and Vinery Road, are in the Romsey Town area of south Cambridge.
Our sites are actively managed and boast facilities including running water and toilets. There is a store which provides discounted allotment goods from spring to early summer. The allotment holders are a genuinely friendly bunch (what else would you expect from garden enthusiasts?) and you can always find someone ready to offer advice or help.
The Society supports a variety of community causes through the provision of plots and facilities.
Owing to the unprecedented demand for plots since the start of the pandemic, our waiting list has become extremely long. The list is currently closed to new applicants until January 2022.
The Burnside site is approximately 3.32 hectares. The site can be accessed from either Ancaster Way or Burnside / Snakey Path. There are 99 full plots, about 50 of which are divided and let as half plots. There are 7 water troughs on the site: these are supplied with water from spring to autumn. Most plots are no further than 25 metres from the nearest water trough. The site also has a composting toilet and a picnic area.
The site is managed by a team of volunteers, led by the two site managers, Andy and Matthew.
The Society Store is located at Burnside and is open from spring to early summer. It sells compost, fleece, weed control fabric, fertilisers, canes, netting etc and is for the use of all Society members. Click here for store details.
A communal orchard was planted near the Burnside entrance in 2015: members will be welcome to pick fruit from this once it is established. Click here for a list of the trees.
A ‘Burn Bin’ facility is available for the disposal of non-compostable green waste. Burn days take place when the weather and the wind conditions are suitable. Click here for the regulations for its use.
There is an apiary on site, near the Burn Bin. Honey is available at certain times of year in a box next to the apiary: current price is £5 per jar. If the box is empty and you would like to enquire about supplies, please mail Hamish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vinery Road site is approximately 1.44 hectares. It can be accessed from Vinery Road, off Coldhams Lane. There are 19 full plots, 37 half plots and 30 quarter plots (as at 2016).
There are 3 water troughs on the site: these are supplied with water from spring to autumn. There is a composting toilet on site for the use of tenants. There is also a communal compost area (no connection with the previous sentence!) and a picnic area.
One of the Vinery plots is designed by TJ Kids for children's activities and has gate access from St Philip’s School. There are 3 chicken projects, a 3m wide pond, and plans for a bee hive.
The site meeting place and store is known as ‘the Pavilion’ and is named after Trevor Taylor, who gave many years of service to the committee. Tenants can use it to meet and make hot drinks.
The main Society Store is on the Burnside site and is open from early Spring until mid-summer. It sells compost, fleece, weed control fabric, fertilisers, canes, netting etc and is for the use of both Burnside and Vinery tenants. Click here for store details.
The site is managed by a team of volunteers, led by Barry.
Jonathan Shanklin of the Cambridge Natural History Society visited Vinery Road in 2019 to see what species of flaura and fauna were growing wild.
Click here to see a pictorial record of what he found.