The History of Moor Green Allotments

In September 2016, the Moseley and District Allotment Holders Association Ltd. (MaDAHAL) celebrated its 40th anniversary.  It was on 8th September 1976 that the new Moor Green Allotments site, re-modelled on the ‘leisure garden’ concept propounded by the Thorpe Report, was officially opened by HRH Princess Alice.  To commemorate the occasion MaDAHAL set up a project to record and celebrate the history of Moor Green Allotments and asked the Moseley Society History Group to assist with research and produce a booklet on the history of the allotments, some displays for the launch day and a calendar. The results of the research are published jointly on the Allotments website and on this website below.  The  Final Report on the project can be viewed here.

Click here to read a report with pictures of the Moor Green Allotments 40th Anniversary Celebration Show on 3rd September 2016 with the Lord Mayor as guest of honour.

Commemorative Booklet on The History of Moor Green Allotments

Click here to view the official commemorative booklet

Timeline of the Allotment Movement

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The evolution of the Allotment Movement in terms of legislation and developments both nationally and in Birmingham is shown in the above timeline.  If your browser supports it, it is best viewed by clicking on the image above to open the image in a separate window, then magnifying it to increase its size and scrolling left/right.

Alternatively click here to view the  Timeline of the Allotments Movement as a PDF

Website Articles

Click to view:

  1. The History of Moor Green Allotments
  2. The Minutes Book 1933-1942 of Moor Green Allotments 
  3. Rev Charles Edward Thomas Whitfield (Chairperson of Moor Green Allotments in its early years)
  4. People and Places around Moor Green Allotments in the Nineteenth Century
  5. Moor Green in Maps: the Development of Moor Green
  6. Birmingham and the Development of Allotments
  7. The National Allotment Scene
  8. A Summary of ‘Growing Space’ by Lesley Acton