Welcome to the Burnside and Vinery Road Allotment Society

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.


Burnside is situated near the flooded chalk pits just off Perne Road and covers about 3.3 hectares.

Vinery Road

Vinery Road is off Coldhams Lane between the Retail Park and Sainsbury's roundabout. It is just over 1.4 hectares.

Applying for a plot

New allotment holders are allocated a half plot in the first instance. There is currently a waiting list at both sites. You are welcome to contact us to be put on the list.

Burnside Allotment Site

Burnside Site and Facilities

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 Store 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 the Burnside site, near the burn-bin and honey is available at certain times of year: current price is £5 per jar. If there is none in the box next to the apiary and you would like to enquire about supplies, please contact Hamish on 07815 081282.

The site is managed by a team of volunteers, led by the two site managers, Andy and Matthew.

Andy Kurdynowski
Andy Kurdynowski
Matthew Whitelegg
Matthew Whitelegg

Vinery Road Allotment Site

Vinery Road Site and Facilities

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.

Barry South
Barry South

Vinery Site Survey - Summer 2019

Jonathan Shanklin of the Cambridge Natural History Society took a group of interested people round Vinery to do some species spotting. The flora and fauna below are the mainly non-cultivated species they found.

Acer pseudoplatanus

Aegopodium podagraria

Fool's Parsley
Aethusa cynapium

Creeping Bent
Agrostis stolonifera

Alcea rosea

Amaranthus sp.

Scarlet Pimpernel
Anagallis arvensis

Barren Brome
Anisantha sterilis

Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris

Aquilegia vulgaris

False Oat-Grass
Arrhenatherum elatius

Spear-leaved Orache
Atriplex prostrata

Avena fatua

Bellis perennis

Beta vulgaris

Borago officinalis

Bromus hordeaceus

White Bryony
Bryonia dioica

Large Bindweed
Calystegia silvatica

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Red Valerian
Centranthus ruber

Chenopodium album

Red Goosefoot
Chenopodium rubrum

7-spot Ladybird
Coccinella septempunctata

Field Bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis

Dactylis glomerata

Wild Teasel
Dipsacus fullonum

Common Couch
Elytrigia repens

American Willowherb
Epilobium ciliatum

Hoary Willowherb
Epilobium parviflorum

Square-stalked Willowherb
Epilobium tetragonum

Field Horsetail
Equisetum arvense

Sun Spurge
Euphorbia helioscopia

Caper Spurge
Euphorbia lathyris

Petty Spurge
Euphorbia peplus

Common Fumitory
Fumaria officinalis subsp. wirtgenii

Galium aparine

Lady's Bedstraw
Galium verum

Cut-leaved Crane's-bill
Geranium dissectum

Hedgerow Crane's-bill
Geranium pyrenaicum

Geranium robertianum

Wood Avens
Geum urbanum

Bristly Oxtongue
Helminthotheca echioides

Holcus lanatus

Wall Barley
Hordeum murinum

Ilex aquifolium

Stinking Iris
Iris foetidissima

Juglans regia

Prickly Lettuce
Lactuca serriola

White Dead-nettle
Lamium album

Red Dead-nettle
Lamium purpureum

Lapsana communis

Hoary Cress
Lepidium draba

Oxeye Daisy
Leucanthemum vulgare

Common Mallow
Malva sylvestris

Matricaria discoidea

Black Medick
Medicago lupulina

Annual Mercury
Mercurialis annua

Field Forget-me-not
Myosotis arvensis

Oxalis corniculata var. atropurpurea

Common Poppy
Papaver rhoeas

Opium Poppy
Papaver somniferum

Green Alkanet
Pentaglottis sempervirens

Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Greater Plantain
Plantago major

Annual Meadow-grass
Poa annua

Rough Meadow-grass
Poa trivialis

Creeping Buttercup
Ranunculus repens

Rubus armeniacus

Broad-leaved Dock
Rumex obtusifolius

Sambucus nigra

Common Ragwort
Senecio jacobaea

Senecio vulgaris

Rose Campion
Silene coronaria

Stone Parsley
Sison amomum

Hedge Mustard
Sisymbrium officinale

Prickly Sow-thistle
Sonchus asper

Smooth Sow-thistle
Sonchus oleraceus

Common Chickweed
Stellaria media

Taraxacum agg.

Field Penny-cress
Thlaspi arvense

Common Nettle
Urtica dioica

Great Mullein
Verbascum thapsus

Common Field-speedwell
Veronica persica

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Registered address

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society
92 Coleridge Road

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society manages two well-run, community-spirited allotment sites in South Cambridge, UK.
They are situated in the Romsey Town area and offer good growing conditions and excellent facilities.