The Poors Allotment is a 20-acre field owned by the Poors Allotment Charity. The Trustees of the Charity are also the Councillors of Enborne Parish Council. The Parish Council, in line with many other institutions in West Berkshire, have undertaken to encourage the reduction of the Parish’s carbon footprint. As part of this initiative the Councillors/Trustees are considering siting solar panels on the Poors Allotment with the objective of generating electricity and reducing the carbon footprint of the Parish.
Historically, the field was for the benefit of the poor of the parish and a place where they could collect firewood. Today the field is predominantly unwooded and the Trustees currently rent the field out for grazing. This generates a small annual income which is slowly accumulating.
The Poors Allotment Charity’s objectives are “To promote any charitable purpose (charitable in English law) for the benefit of the residents of the parish of Enborne in West Berkshire; in particular but not exclusively by the provision of grants to local charities which provide advice and services calculated to relieve the charitable needs of those residents”.
The Trustees meet three times a year (January, May and September) immediately before the meeting of the Parish Council. Meetings of Poors Allotment Charity are held at The Barn, next to St Michael and All Angels Church, Enborne RG20 0JY at 7.00 p.m.