The Friends of Manning's Pit
This is the
website of the Friends of Manning's Pit Group, which
has led the "Save Manning's Pit" campaign since 2015.
continue protecting these fields near Barnstaple,
North Devon from future threats.
November 2018 Update
Why we have much to celebrate, and why the war is not over yet.
In March, the Planning Application for 41 houses in Manning's Pit was withdrawn.
In September, Manning's Pit was listed as an Asset of Community Value.
In October, the Local Plan was adopted, with Manning's Pit outside the development boundary. This means that it would be extremely unlikely for any planning application to be successful during the next five years.
And finally, this month, came the news that the land owners did not ask for a review into the Asset of Community Value Listing – they had an 8 week period in which they could have done this.
These are indeed
great victories to celebrate, but we cannot say we
have won the war and saved Manning's Pit until the
fields are owned by the community, or an organisation
that would protect them on a permanent basis. That is
our goal, and we will carry on working towards
Videos and Films
Martin Haddrill has produced this song for us, and he sang it at our Big Autumn Party to great applause. We have had paintings, films, poetry and historical exhibitions but until now we haven't had a song, which is something we wanted right from the start. So we want to give a big thank you to Martin, and hope that this song will help us carry on the battle through the years to come.
Manning's Pit and messages of support from around the world,
including China, Australia, the Falklands and the Arctic!
Zoom in for Manning's Pit itself, and Pilton posters and signs.
A page of posters