Important - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Updated 30th March 2020 21:30

  • Government and NSALG update 24.03.2020: It is still permitted to cultivate your plot, ideally on your own, to take daily exercise, provided you follow all advice about social distancing and hygiene.
  • NSALG update 30.03.2020: If working your plot is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is VITAL to follow all guidelines. NSALG now suggest working your plot in isolation, ie not even with household members, and if you can stay away for a few weeks, then do so.
  • Social distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) is easy on site: please respect your fellow plotholders.
  • If you or anyone else in your household has symptoms of Covid 19 you must stay away from the site (as you should be self-isolating in these circumstances in any case)
  • The toilets at Vinery and Burnside are closed until further notice.
  • The Vinery Pavilion is not to be used until further notice. Please do not even open the door.
  • Vinery gates: the top gate is locked until further notice; the other gate will be opened by Suzy at 8:30am and closed at 7pm. Do not open or touch it yourself.
  • Burnside gates: please use gloves when locking and unlocking.
  • PLEASE ensure that there is no unauthorised access to your site.
  • Do not share tools or use communal equipment
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • PLEASE check the website regularly for new information and updates.


External links

Click here to visit the NHS website for information and advice.

Click here to visit the NSALG website for allotment-specific advice.


Site enquiries

For Vinery-specific enquiries, please email  vinery

For Burnside-specific enquiries, please email  burnsidesitemanager

What's new in the last 14 days

30 Mar 2020 - Coronavirus advice on this page updated on 31 Mar 2020 9:30pm

30 Mar 2020 - Online ordering from the store has been suspended. We are aiming to restart ordering later in the season.

29 Mar 2020 - Burnside and Vinery Road Allotment Society Leading The Way
The NSALG has identified this Society's processes for running the Store in these difficult times as a template for all societies to follow. Well done Andy K for showing the way.

27 Mar 2020 - The Hayley Wood Nature Reserve sale, scheduled for 10th and 11th April, has been cancelled.

26 Mar 2020 - Burnside water troughs are back in action for the summer

22 Mar 2020 - A short quiz to take your mind off current events, albeit for just a few minutes

21 Mar 2020 - A quick look around Burnside on the day the UK woke up to no pubs, clubs and restaurants. Isn't it reassuring to know that life still goes on!

17 Mar 2020 - AGM Weds 22nd April, CANCELLED


Welcome to your Society site!

Follow the links on this page to keep up to date with what is going, look at our photo albums, get growing and cooking ideas, check out the store, and much more.

Let us know what you think about the site and any suggestions you have about content. Better still, send us an article or some photos.

Email me, Joan, at webmaster

For many years, Trevor Taylor, the Society's Honorary President, produced a regular allotment newsletter called Weeder’s Digest, which usually included growing tips, general allotment news and recipes. Here is our equivalent.

This page is an at-a-glance view of what is new, what is happening and, hopefully, what is interesting in the world of allotmenteering and of the Society. If there is anything you think we should be talking about, or anything you would like to contribute, let us know.



Society

The Society page contains important documentation and details of your committee representatives.

Blogs

Tips, recipes, personal experiences - all here

Photos

We always like to record events, people, plots, and the changing of the seasons in photographs. If you have any you'd like to display, let the webmaster know.

Calendar

This year's AGM is cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

Burnside troughs refilled from Thursday 26th March

Burnside Store open from Sunday 22nd March, online orders only.

Noticeboard
This is the place for all your allotment-related needs and offers: help, equipment, sheds and greenhouses, plants and produce.
There's always something to do

NSALG produces a list of jobs to think about each month:

February
March
April

Store

The Society runs a Store, open now to early summer, selling allotment essentials at low prices.

This year, while coronavirus is a threat, only online orders will be taken.

External Links
We are always happy to provide links to external sites which are likely to be of interest to our members.
Community projects
The Society is delighted to be able to offer its support to a variety of community, charitable and academic projects. We are always open to new ideas.

If you have any dates you would like us to put in the diary, email the webmaster

This year's AGM, scheduled for Wednesday 22nd April, is cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus
The Society's store at Burnside is open from March 22nd for online orders only. Click here for more details.

Burnside's troughs were cleaned and refilled for summer on Thursday 26th March. Please read and follow the instructions shown on notices attached to the side of each trough, regarding their use.

Burnside trough, cleaned and refilled

The following are links to external web sites. Clicking on a link will open a new page and take you automatically to the site. We do not monitor these links and you follow them at your own risk. Please let us know if you think that a link is inappropriate.

If you have a favourite site which you think would interest others, please email webmaster


Birdwood Area Residents' Association (BARA)

A really informative site about Birdwood Road in the South Of Cambridge, and the surrounding area - including Burnside.
baracambridge.org

Allotment & Gardens - Advice and useful information

Tips, tricks, self-help videos, recipes and more. It includes an active forum -useful now that our own forum is off-line.

allotment-garden.org

Everything you always wanted to know about carrots, and more besides

Allegedly the world's first virtual museum of the carrot - and who are we to judge?

carrotmuseum.co.uk

The National Allotment Society

The NSALG has an active site with all sorts of useful tips and advice.

nsalg.org.uk

Two Thirsty Gardeners

Digging and swigging through the seasons.

twothirstygardeners.co.uk

No Dig Organic Gardening

"Charles is an acclaimed innovator of no dig, organic growing since 1983, and since 2003 of new ways to crop salad leaves. His original, weed free methods give superb results in both small and large areas...."

charlesdowding.co.uk

Blight Watch

Watching for and dealing with blight - recommended by Andy Kurdynowski. It’s free to register, and if you do you will get email warnings when there is a likelihood, or indeed instances, of blight in your chosen postcode area.

blightwatch.co.uk

This is the place for all your allotment-related needs and offers. These can be anything from help, to equipment, to sheds and greenhouses, through to plants and produce.

Email the webmaster to post a notice, including what it is you are offering or want, a price, if appropriate, and how you may be contacted. Attach a photo if you would like that to be shown.

Burnside Store29/04/2019

Hand-made aprons
Aprons, lovingly hand-made by Jill from Burnside. Available from the Store for a minimum donation of £3
Burnside Store14/07/2018

For sale
Yellow plastic trug - new. £9.50
Burnside Store14/07/2018

For sale
Folding barrow - as new. £20
Burnside Store14/07/2018

For sale
Builder's wheelbarrow - new. £50

The store is located at the Burnside entrance to the Burnside site. It was revamped in 2017.

How to buy your allotment goods

30 March 2020: The Store is not open for face-to-face business, and online ordering has now been suspended for a few weeks but we aim to reinstate it later in the season.

For more information email the store manager

Burnside Store Price list 2020

Grow Organic 50L£6.00
Blended Farmyard Manure 40L£5.00
Multi-Purpose Compost 75L£5.50
Peat Free Organic Compost 60L£6.00
Clover Peat Free Organic Compost 40L£4.50
4 Plant Grow-Bag£3.50
Miracle Gro All Purpose Liquid Plant Food 1L£4.00
Bird Netting (4m wide - per m)£1.50
Standard Insect Mesh 1.3mm (3.6m wide - per m)£4.00
Fine Insect Mesh 0.6mm (3.6m wide - per m)£4.50
MDPE pipe for netting loops (25mm - per m)£1.00
125gsm weed control fabric (4m wide – per m)£4.00
Garden twine (plastic)£2.50
6 inch weed fabric staples20p ea
Tomorite tomato Feed 1L£3.50
Maxicrop Organic Tomato Feed 1L£6.25
Garden Twine (green)£1.75
Garden Twine (brown)£2.00
Extra Thick Bamboo Canes 8ft£2.50
Thick Bamboo Canes 8ft80p ea
Bamboo Canes 6ft40p ea
Bamboo Canes 4ft25p ea
Security clutch screws – prevent shed hinge removal10p ea
Permanent marker for plant labels£2.50
150mm white plant label x1020p
17gsm Fleece (1.5m – per m)20p
30gsm Fleece (3m – per m)50p
Rock Dust 20kg£10.00
Rock Dust 5kg£3.00
OSMO PRO 4 Organic fertiliser 1kg£1.50
Fish, Blood and Bone 1kg£1.00
Chicken Pellets (6X) 1kg£1.50

Social Links

Registered address

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society
92 Coleridge Road
Cambridge
CB1 3PJ

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.