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Moor Green Allotments

An Oasis in the Centre of Birmingham, England


Exclusiveness in a garden is a mistake as great as it is in society.” ― Alfred Austin

A very warm welcome to the website of the Moseley & District Allotment Holders Association Leisure. (MaDAHAL) a vibrantly diverse community of gardeners tending plots on the Moor Green / Holders Lane Allotment Site.

The 240 or so plots are worked by growers of all ages, backgrounds and experiences who, in the main (there is, after all, a grain of truth in the public perception that allotment holding can bring out a competitive edge), share the site harmoniously.

The association, its’ committee and members, manage the gardening and social life for the benefit of members and their guests. Recent austerity driven expenditure rationalisation by Birmingham City Council has placed a greater responsibility on the voluntary association to manage the site on a day to day and longer term strategic basis.

There have been allotment gardens on the Moor Green site since at least the interwar period. During the war many families would have been sustained by the produce grown on at Moor Green in the “Dig for victory” campaign.

In 1976 the site was remodelled to provide “leisure gardens”. The association plans to mark this 40th anniversary and intends to record the site’s history from the perspective of those who used it. If you have memories of gardening, playing or socialising on the site, especially before and shortly after the redevelopment we would be delighted to hear from you.

Whilst Growing is central to what we do, we recognise how fortunate we are to be able to pursue our interest in such beautiful surroundings with panoramic views over the city centre and are keenly aware of our duty to act as responsible custodians of this common good. Lying two miles south of the centre of Birmingham the 30 acre site is one of our most significant inner city open spaces providing a unique mix of habitats from mown grass and vegetable plots to streams and stands of mature trees. The site is part of a wildlife corridor following the course of the river Rea, linking the Edwardian civic formalism of Cannon Hill Park to the open heath-land of the Waseley Hills in an unbroken ten mile swath of green that cuts through south Birmingham’s urban and industrial sprawl.

The allotments occupy land that was once part of the Moor Green estate and remnants of the farm’s field boundary hedges remain on site contributing to the biodiversity value of the land.

Allotment gardening provides all the physical and emotional satisfaction of gardening and something more. By joining with others who are also growing for themselves, family or friends we benefit from being part of something larger, a community working together towards a common purpose in a spirit of self-reliant independence. Our struggle to wrest some measure of freedom from dependence on the corporations for food and recreation is all the more effective when a collective endeavour.

Allotment gardening is enjoying something of a renaissance and we at Moor Green aim to do all we can to support and sustain this deeper engagement with food production and the natural world.

If you feel inspired to give allotment gardening a go, and think that Moor Green is the site at which to do so, then we look forward to welcoming you. Simply contact the site secretary who will arrange an initial visit.

Read the complimentary article Towards a Greener Moor Green.