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Providers of Manure


Pete, is carrying on the business of providing the manure which used to be run by Mr Hanham. The manure is totally excellent - according to all those who have already bought this manure. Cow manure only but, everyone very pleased with this product.

Contact Pete for farm manure - 07900980935   [ I have bought a load of this manure as have several of my plot neighbours - great stuff  and service with a smile - Marjorie]





Hi I'm Nathan and Can Supply Well Rotted Cow or Horse Manure Bagged 50 litres at £3.00 and Mushroom compost .I can do Bulk Tipper loads from a Transit Tipper and will get near has possible to your plot I deliever 7 Days at a time that suits you . Any amounts from A cubic metre at £30 or 4 cubic metres for £80.00 please can you add me to your site has a supplier for this forth coming digging in st the end of the season thanks Nathan 07970559156


Compost for Allotment Holders

The Allotment Association is selling top quality, peat free, organic compost [Soil Association Certified] to members on the Golden Hill Site. £5 per wheelbarrow load, approx. 80litres

Pete Clee will be available for members wishing to buy on Wednesdays [all day] and Sundays from 1.00pm – 3.00pm or Contact him on 01179756647.

Members from other fields can collect by arrangement with Pete. 



Please do not bring rubbish on to plots. Unless something is going to be quickly used for a useful purpose on the plot, it should not be there. You risk losing your tenancy and being charged for its removal. In addition, bonfires are only for disposing of material from the site that cannot be composted. Material must not be brought on site to burn.

Dogs on the Allotments


Like many allotmenters - though not all by any means - I do love dogs.

However, dog owners should be aware that the allotment fields are intended for the cultivation of crops. They are not ever intended as a dog walking area, a dog exercise area and never, ever as a dog toilet.

I have recently,  had several complaints of dog poo on and around allotments of members who do not have dogs [ including me ] on paths, among crops, etc.

Several of my neighbours have also expressed their disgust at finding multiple dog poos on their paths and plots.

If you are planning to bring your wonderful pooch onto the allotment site, it is your responsibility to keep it under control and on your plot at all times. If the unthinkable should happen you MUST clear it up and take the resultant package home with you to dispose of.

Please also be aware that many children are afraid of dogs. Roaming animals, however cute and friendly you might consider them, for a young child, meeting them may be a traumatic experience.




Children on Allotments

Most Allotment members agree that being able to have children with us on our allotments gives us more freedom to work our plots - knowing that our children are with us, engaged, occupied  and safe.

Without this freedom, many mothers would be unable to involve themselves in this work. This would be a huge loss to our allotment community and to the involvement of women in this important activity.

It is also important for our children to understand where our food comes from and as they mature we hope they will develop an interest in gardening and in growing food. Without this intoduction and exposure to the process their interest is less likely to develop.

However, it is important that parents accept responsibility for their children when they bring them to their allotments. They should not be allowed to run onto others' plots nor to damage environments, equipment nor crops on neighbours' plots. It is also important for parents to be aware that the allotments fields can be dangerous and uncomfortable places for young children - from bees to nettles, ponds to tools and other equipment. It is unreasonable to expect all plot holders to make their plots child safe for those children who are outside of their parents' control.


Please be responsible for your children on our allotment fields

Keys to Fields


For all new plot holders, the appropriately marked keys will now cost £10 which will be refunded on the return of the keys when you are leaving the plots. The Keys should be returned to your Field Rep or a member of the Committee.

For Key holders who have been provided with keys before this time, the refunded cost will continue to be £5 on return of the key.

Please ensure that the Committee member you pass the key to knows who it has come from.


We have had several requests for maps  and positions of our Allotment Fields see 'Our Sites' page under 'Home'

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We have, unfortunately, heard from some of our plotholders that valuable items have been taken from their allotment sheds.

Having a good lock on the shed door is no guarantee that the shed will not be broken into.

We advise that you don't leave anything in your shed which is expensive/ valuable/ hard to replace or which could be used to start a fire.

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                                                                                      Really interesting site ! - Do have a look


The Website

This website is for the members of the Horfield and District Allotment Association. I would like to make it as informative and enjoyable as possible for all. The site is new and I would like to add more sections with multiple pages which will give growing and harvesting tips.- Recipes for using our produce.- Preserving and storing food. - Subjects which might be of interest to our members (eg. bee-keeping), - and perhaps, a forum for members to share ideas.

* If you have ideas of other pages or sections you would like to have added please let me know on :


* If you have recipes for dishes using our produce please let me know.

* If you have favourite methods for storing and preserving produce, please let me know.





The Horfield and District Allotment fields are in North Central Bristol in England.  

There are three separate sites spread over 2 or 3 miles, consisting of 6 allotment fields. Four of the fields are adjacent on Golden Hill in Bishopston, bounded by Monk Road, Longmead Avenue and Kellaway Avenue.

The other 2 fields are Grahams Field in Horfield and Birchall in Redland.





The Association leases the sites from Bristol City Council and they are managed by a Committee which includes the representatives from each field. We have been working and investing over the last few years to improve security, particularly around the Golden Hill site.

This is of course, a continuing process.

You may also have noticed, on the Golden Hill Site that we are setting up our own watering system which will use the ground water on the site. The water will be pumped from the bottom of St Agnes Field to the top of Baptist using solar power and should be available in the tanks and taps on Baptist, and St Agnes by the beginning of the 'watering season' 2013,  in the first instance with the expectation that this system will also include Davis and Longs in the long term. This should save the Association a significant amount of money over the season.


If you want to rent a plot, contact Marjorie McCartney on email: horfieldallotments@gmail.com

My list of manure providers is probably long out of date.

If you know any from the list below who are no longer offering manure please let me know.

More importantly, if you know of any good providers who are not on the list please send me their information.


See our new page on Horfield and District Allotments Association's 100th Anniversary.

More information on events to come.

Winter Working Groups

As everyone probably knows, Roger Hake... field rep in Davis Field... organises groups of volunteers to do essential maintenance tasks around our allotment fields.

This work is usually carried out on Sunday mornings throughout the winter months.


This year the working parties will start  on the 2nd Sunday in November and will continue until the last Sunday in February 2018. From 10.00 to 12.00am

There is a variety of tasks to be undertaken and more news about these tasks will be posted here closer to the time.

All help from our plot holders, partners and members is most welcome.

For All Plot Holders

When we had a quick walk around the field we noticed that many plots do not have plot number signs or legible ones.  Please can you make sure that your plot has one .  

It is important for us to be able to determine the plot numbers particularly when we are reporting incidents to the police and checking on progress.


It is also part of your responsibility as a tenant.

Bonfires are now allowed on our fields until the end of February

Please be considerate of neighbours and ensure the fire has been extinguished before you leave your plot.

Our Bee-Keeping Policy - see below

My Apologies to Dee whose details I deleted by mistake - she is one of our long-standing provoders of good manure.





 Presently we have:


 Well rotted horse manure at £2 a bag and fresh horse manure at £1 a          bag


 All manure is clean - no shavings and straw.


 Bags are between 15-20kg.


 We have a delivery service if required or collection is available from     Westerleigh.



  My telephone is 0781 0808507 and my email is dee24668@aol.com.


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Plus composts, fertilisers and other sundries


All now available from our Site Store

Station Road (off Ashley Down Rd) BS7 9LA




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