Your committee

The committee works very hard to ensure everyone can enjoy their allotments to the utmost. If you feel you could contribute, please contact one of the members below.

Chairman: Mark Talman - Burnside

I've had an allotment since 2005, I love to grow what I can't buy, so there's been some odd fruit and veg over the years. Converted to no-dig organic gardening about 7 years ago.

Vice chairman: Barry South - Vinery Road

Moved to a bigger house but smaller garden (yard!) in 2007 and my wife got me a plot on the Vinery site. Chopped it out of the nettles, brambles and couch grass and have been there ever since growing stuff you can't buy in the shops or is much better fresh! I'm a relative newcomer to the committee but as Vice Chairman am happy to consider the accommodation of all legal vices!

Treasurer and Burnside site co-manager: Matthew Whitelegg - Burnside

I started on the allotment in the Spring of 2009. Since then we have enjoyed abundant crops of bindweed and mare’s tail. As well as tending the plot I have the role of Burnside site manager along with Andy K. Over the years this has involved letting out plots to new tenants and generally working on the site as a whole.

Burnside site co-manager: Andy Kurdynowski - Burnside

I’ve had my plot on Burnside for about 12 years, starting as a complete allotment novice, and have been a member of the committee for much of that time. I am one of the two Burnside site managers, often spending too much time maintaining the site and not enough working my plot, but I do get enjoyment from both.

Committee member: Joan Bullock-Anderson - Burnside

I have had a half plot at Burnside since 2012. I still feel like a bit of a novice but I usually have the satisfaction of a glut from at least one crop per season. Anyone who wants to grow Jerusalem artichokes, please just ask!

I joined the Committee in 2016 and currently have responsibility for maintenance of the website.

Committee member: Penny Henderson - Burnside

I took on my plot in 2012, I think, as a complete novice vegetable grower, and through regular and intensive effort, it is quite productive. I joined the committee in 2013, and take minutes, provide refreshments, and do other tasks suited to my age and gender!

Committee member: John McGill - Burnside

I've had a plot at Burnside since about 2010 and have been on the committee since 2014. I've always found it a very friendly environment, with great collaboration among all other lot-holders.

Committee member: Maxim Scheremetjew - Burnside

I got a half plot for my partner's birthday in 2015 at Burnside, because we both love gardening and we got sick of starting from scratch every time we had to move house. Since then we've loved spending time outside on the plot, showing our two young kids how to grow different sorts of veggies. I joined the committee in 2017 to share my views on all the different topics with a key focus on the website.


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The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society
21 St Matthews Gardens