Burnside

Please note: no cars are allowed on the Burnside site until after winter: the track is very soft and becomes muddy very quickly. We have a trolley available for anyone wishing to move stuff from the gate to the plot. See the site update from 18 November for full details.

Burnside is the larger of our two sites, covering 3.32 hectares between Birdwood Road and Snakey Path. There is access to the site from either Ancaster Way (some parking available on the road) or Burnside (a small car park just inside the Burnside gate). There are 99 full plots, about 50 of which are divided and let as half plots, and seven water troughs on the site, supplied with water from spring to autumn. The site also has a composting toilet and a picnic area, plus a new tearoom with running water and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Key features

  • The site is run by Chair Liv Bull, Site Managers Andy Kurdynowski and Matthew Whitelegg, and committee members Emma Lacy, John McGill and Hamish Symington. 
  • The Society Store is located at Burnside and is open to all Society members from spring to early summer. Items stocked include compost, fleece, weed control fabric, fertilisers, canes, netting etc. 
  • Numerous varieties of apple were planted in a communal orchard near the Burnside entrance in 2015; fruit is available to all members.
  • Every so often, we run a ‘Burn Bin’ facility for the disposal of non-compostable green waste. Burn days take place when the weather and the wind conditions are suitable, and are subject to some regulations.
  • There is an apiary on site, near the tearoom. Honey is usually available in a box next to the apiary (but it depends on how productive the bees have been!).

Site updates

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