The idea for an allotment association was brought forward by local resident and member of the residents association Mick O'Malley. A meeting was convened in the Moor Pool Hall skittle alley. Those present agreed that an association would be a good idea. Moor Pool had a considerable number of allotments which were a fundamental aspect of its layout and ethos of providing a healthy lifestyle. A committee was formed and Rob Sutton elected as Chair.
The Association played an important role working with Moor Pool Residents association and the Moor Pool Regeneration Group (MRG) in the battle with Grainger plc who had put forward extensive plans to build on the Estates allotments. Substantive objections were made during the planning process focussing on the inherent importance of the allotments in a conservation area.
The Association went into a semi dormant mode when Grainger evicted many allotment holders as they prepared the way for the development planning applications. The allotments fell into the ownership of Cala Homes who through their subsidiary Banner Homes had agreed in 2011 to transfer them to the Moor Pool Heritage Trust. By early 2017 this still had not happened. The allotments started to become overgrown again. Fortunately mid summer the transfer to the Trust was finally completed and allotment tenancys issued. The allotment association began to be reformed and there is a website where anyone interested in joining the Association can find out more. Click here
Moor Pools allotments are unusual. They are located all over the estate and positioned so that all residents had an allotment plot close by their home. Access is via hidden away pathways such that it is easy to go out the rear of a garden and into a nearby allotment. Most allotments had dividing hedges which is also a typical boundary treatment for front and back gardens. Where these have been lost they should be replaced and kept in order and to a reasonable height.