A “potted” history of Crucorney Allotment Society
We cannot believe how the years have flown by since an idea to develop Allotments in the Crucorney/Pandy area was muted following a meeting in Pandy Hall to discuss local environmental issues in late 2008! This glimmer of an idea turned into reality when Crucorney Allotment Society was founded in July 2009. Committee meetings were held on a regular basis at the Rising Sun Inn. Rapid progress was made on a written constitution, membership details and a committee structure. A fantastic logo was also developed by our artist in residence. However there was one sticking point-there appeared nowhere in the local vicinity to site the aforesaid allotments. Members visited a number of locations and it was not until late 2010 that a suitable field was found and the owner of the land was willing to rent it to us.
We eventually came to a verbal agreement on terms and conditions and were allowed to access the land in 2011. Plans were hastily constructed, planning authorities consulted and we took possession in March 2011. A tractor was commissioned and acre of a pasture adjacent to the Caravan Park close to the Old Pandy Inn was ploughed to produce 28 allotment plots of varying size.
This was just the beginning. It took another two years to obtain a 10 year lease, with back and forth to a variety of solicitors. We applied for and were fortunate to obtain grant moneys from a number of organisations (including Brecon Beacons Trust, and National Lottery Funds) to found improvements to the site. The improvements included a rabbit proof fence, water supplies, storage containers, a compostable toilet facility and a range of power tools.
The storage containers became a saga with the planning department at Brecon Beacons National Park; however resolution on this issue was achieved in 2013.
The Society goes from strength to strength, with the majority of the plots still being worked by members of the local
community. Two successful open days have been held and effective links have been made with the local primary school. In addition a significant number of fruit and nut trees have been planted. A row of heritage apple cordons have recently been planted alongside a row of vines. Finally we believe we have the best location for any allotments in Wales – just take a look at the view!