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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NO bonfires now until October
The winter fire season is now over. Please compost as much plant material on your plot. Don't take it to the woods (see Wildlife, right). A good tip for perennial weeds is to drown them in a bucket of water for 4 weeks and then tip them into your compost where they won't do any harm.
May on the plot
There's a buzz around. Great to see so many plot holders back preparing the ground for the planting ahead. And so many new greenhouses — definitely the Warriston trend of 2021! and a relatively inexpensive way to extend your season and varieties across the year. Tomatoes, aubergines, peppers are becoming de rigour. And as an added bonus, the glass house offers a cosy, sheltered view of the site.
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.
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.
Get the last of the Jerusalem Artichokes out of the ground asap. Replant half a dozen and make the rest into delicious soup which freezes exceptionally well if you have lots. 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.