Welcome to Warriston Allotments
The 121 plots at Warriston, a large south facing site on the north side of Edinburgh, were created for unemployed families during the depression of the late 1920s.
Thanks to the city's allotment policy the land continues to be dedicated to a wide and welcoming community of local growers who rent full or half plots on a yearly basis. The waiting list for Warriston is currently 8 years—if you would like to put your name on this list go to City of Edinburgh Council allotment information. Please do not contact us re renting a plot— we are unable to reply to such enquiries as all city allotments are administered and allocated by the City Council.
The contact form is for Warriston plot holders only, to share ideas/enquiries/contributions. We cannot reply about plot rental or waiting lists—please see above.
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There's a buzz around. Great to see so many plot holders on the site this summer. Strawberry harvest has been bountiful despite the rain and other fruit, broad beans, peas and salads are very strong this this year. The greenhouses are moving towards harvest too — first cherry tomatoes ready and a whole heap of cucumbers.
With COVID 19 restrictions lifting, it's important to keep the site a healthy place to be. Wash hands regularly. Use gloves or sanitiser on the gate padlock and taps. Take care and distance where appropriate.
NO bonfires now until October so compost, compost compost
Please compost as much plant material on your plot this summer. This season's weeds will be next year's mulch. Drown perennial weeds in water for about 4 weeks if you're concerned about them regrowing in your bin.
Please don't dump any weeds, sods etc in the woods (see Wildlife, right).
Please do not dump any material from your plot into the central woodland area. Turf, weeds, prunings etc can all be composted or (last resort) burned.
The central woodland may look unkempt but it's in deliberately wild condition to attract birds and small mammals, giving them an abundance of food and ideal hiding spots.
Among others this area supports a fox den, wrens, sparrows, blue tits, woodpeckers, newts, toads and thousands of insects, all offering our allotments great diversity, many pollinators, and even rat catchers (the clever foxes). Go to our Pest or Guest section for lots of info on these and more.
Please respect them all by disturbing this area as little as possible.
Chard, chickpea and mushroom curry. Fresh chard leaves, Swiss or Rainbow, will be ready to pick now. Take the outside leaves as this generous plant will keep growing leaves from the centre for months to come. Click here for our recipe.
And you can find lots of other tasty recipes involving Warriston produce here.
Website conceived, designed and maintained by Alice Bain and Nicola Murray, 2016-21. Warriston logo April 19 many thanks to Tim Bremner.