Important - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Updated 5th July 2020 5:00pm

  • Government advice: You can work your plot, provided you follow all advice about social distancing and hygiene. The Government has now removed the limit on time outside your home.
  • Social distancing means keeping an absolute minimum of 1 metre apart and preferably 2.
  • If you or anyone else in your household has symptoms of Covid 19 you must stay away from the site.
  • The Store is stocked and is open now for online orders only. Sales can be arranged for Burnside and Vinery tenants. Click here for more details.
  • The toilets at Vinery and Burnside remain closed until further notice.
  • The Vinery Pavilion is not to be used until further notice. Do not even open the door.
  • Vinery gates: from Monday 1st June, Suzy will no longer be opening and closing the gate. The gate should be left open during the day and locked by the last person to leave. Please maintain hand hygiene if you touch the gate.
  • Burnside gates: please maintain hand hygiene when touching the gates.
  • Bonfires: as a courtesy to our neighbours on both sites, please don’t light any bonfires; for some people, an open window may be their only fresh air.
  • PLEASE ensure that there is no unauthorised access to your site.
  • Do not share tools or use communal equipment
  • Do not wash your hands, tools or crops in water troughs
  • PLEASE check this 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

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.

Too many tomatoes?

A profusion of peas?

A surplus of shallots?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought hard times to a lot of people. We are receiving requests from a number of Cambridge food hubs for help from anyone who may have surplus produce from their plot. They are all very grateful for any support or donations - see below for details:

Coleridge Community Food Bank has been running since June 5th. Produce is checked, washed and air dried in St Thomas’s high spec kitchen. Contact Andrew Drury by email at

The C3 Church is running an initiative called ‘Love Your Neighbour’, supporting people in different ways during the crisis. By early July, they had already provided over 30,000 meals since the beginning of lockdown. They are happy to collect surplus produce. Phone 01223 844415 or email See also their Facebook page at

Cambridge Sustainable Food are running an emergency food programme over the summer. Details of the scheme can be found on their website –

The Edge Cafe The Edge Café on Mill Road is now re-open. They are being used as part of the Cambridge Food hub during the pandemic. As such, they welcome pretty much any contributions, so if you have spare allotment fruit and veg do donate if you can.

Drop it off just after 11.30am when they are setting things up, at the usual entrance. They then open at 12 noon for two hours.

The Edge Café,
351 Mill Road, Cambridge,

Click here for more details.


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


Tips, recipes, personal experiences - all here


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.


180 days since lockdown started.

36 days until British Summer Time ends.

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:



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

The Society's store at Burnside is open for online orders only. Click here for more details.

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

Gardening for children

It can be difficult to keep the children entertained when you are on your plot. However, this site is jam-packed with fun activities for little ones - guaranteed to keep them busy.

Birdwood Area Residents' Association (BARA)

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

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.

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?

The National Allotment Society

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

Two Thirsty Gardeners

Digging and swigging through the seasons.

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...."

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.

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

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

How to buy your allotment goods

24th May 2020: The store is open, once again, for online orders only.

The process for placing your orders is detailed below. Everything is being done to provide as good a service as possible, whilst minimising any potential risks to all concerned.

Placing an order
  1. Check the price list below and select the items and quantities you require.
  2. Email your order to the Store Manager (see below for the email address).
  3. The Store Manager will confirm if all items and quantities are in stock, provide a total price, give bank account details, and offer an order collection date and time.
  4. Pay by on-line bank transfer. Advise the Store Manager when payment is complete and agree the collection time or request a different one.
  5. Collect your order from outside the Burnside store at the time agreed. You will also receive an "order ready to collect" email.

For more information email the store manager

Burnside Store Price list 2020

Grow Organic 50L£6.00 Sold out
Blended Farmyard Manure 40L£5.00
Multi-Purpose Compost 75L£5.50 Sold out
Peat Free Organic Compost 60L£6.00 Sold out
Clover Peat Free Organic Compost 40L£4.50 Sold out
4 Plant Grow-Bag£3.50 Sold out
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 Sold out
Fine Insect Mesh 0.6mm (3.6m wide - per m)£4.50 Sold out
MDPE pipe for netting loops (25mm - per m)£1.00
125gsm weed control fabric (4m wide – per m)£4.00 Sold out
Extra-strong woven rubbish sacks£1.00 each
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 Sold out
Garden Twine (brown)£2.00
Extra Thick Bamboo Canes 8ft£2.50 Sold out
Thick Bamboo Canes 8ft80p ea
Bamboo Canes 6ft40p ea
Bamboo Canes 4ft25p ea Sold out
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 Sold out
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

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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.