A message from the Council at 7 April 2020:

Dear Allotmenteer

To ensure we keep our allotments sites open during the COVID-19 pandemic it is essential to following the government advice:

    One outing for exercise per day – walk, run or cycle (including visiting your allotment), alone or with members of your household. Don’t stop to eat or drink.

    Stay local – don’t get in a car to drive to other areas.

    Keep your distance – stay at least 2m away from other people but do call a friendly greeting or wave.

    Avoid contact – avoid touching surfaces. If you do, use gloves or hand gel.

    Dogs – please keep them on a lead or under close control. Don’t let them approach other people and always pick up and remove all waste.

In addition please:

    Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash hands regularly.

    Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locked.

    Clean hands before and after using water taps.

    Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres.

    Do not share tools.

    Minimise the contact with other allotmenteers for example no handshakes.

    Do not wash your hands in water troughs.

    Close all communal facilities.

    Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time.

    Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.

    If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

Further advice can be found at the following link: https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/


Ian Woolard

Allotment Officer


We are a Council-managed allotment site in Edinburgh.  We do not control plot allocation - to be placed on the waiting list, please contact the Council.

People who are starred (*) have keys to the site hut, or "chalet".  People who are plussed (+) have keys to the bulk goods store, or "metal shipping container".

It is possible to "join" this website, which could potentially give access to private information - but we don't use that facility at present and for now, ignore these requests.

Committee and Keyholders


  • VACANCY, chair -
  • *+ Jan Bradbury, secretary - plot 58
  • *+ Jean Carletta, treasurer - plot 179
  • *+ Peter Shaw, site representative - plot 166

Management committee members:

  • * Yvonne Dawe - plot 174
  • Sandy Dundas - plot 183
  • Kevin Hamilton - plot 20
  • Ed Irvine - plot 178
  • * John McCleary - plot 73
  • * Peter Moir - plot 6
  • * Chiara Puppi/The Welcoming - plot 160
  • Donald Pyper - plot 10
  • Jenny Wilson - plot 149

Yvonne, Jan, and Ed represent us at FEDAGA meetings. 

There is one management committee vacancy.  SMAA plotholders are welcome to join, as well as to contribute to committee meetings without being on the committee.

Communications and Privacy Policy

The Council does not pass us information about plotholders.  Where we have explicit consent to do so, we collect the plot numbers, names, and email addresses of our plotholders.  We use the email addresses to pass information to plotholders and occasionally, so that we can contact people if there is some problem with their plot (e.g., a shed blown over).  With the consent of both parties, we also pass plotholder email addresses to each other where they have some joint interest.  An example of this is where one plot has a surplus shed and another needs one.

In addition, we maintain a list of plot numbers that covers the entire site, along with when consent was last granted or refused and the plotholder name if we know it. This is for the legitimate interest of identifying when plots have been split or changed hands, so that we can provide information to the new plotholders. It also aids us in knowing whether we have "communication blackspots" where people who may want information are not receiving it.  If in future we receive information meeting this interest direct from the Council, we will discontinue the practice of recording plotholder names. 

We take phone contact numbers on our order forms for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order, and do not retain them once the order is collected.

We send around a dozen emails a year, and put useful information on this website. We also post items on the three site noticeboards, and use a post box on the front of the chalet to distribute forms and take in orders and other messages.

For "breaking news", chattier items of interest, and discussion, we use Facebook, and reply to those who contact us there.

* web: https://saughtonmainsallotments.org.uk
* Facebook: http://facebook.com/SMAA2016 (no account needed to view)