The Friends of Manning's Pit

This is the website of the Friends of Manning's Pit Group, which is running the "Save Manning's Pit" campaign.
 Help us save these fields near Barnstaple, North Devon  from development. 
They have been loved by generations of Pilton people from the writer H H Munro (Saki) back in the 19th Century to the whole community in the present day.

Butterfly image link to information
                            about poetry competition The Inaugural Manning's Pit Poetry Competition

Can you write a poem about Manning's Pit, or perhaps another special place that you love that is threatened in a similar way?
  If you would like to enter our new Poetry Competition, click on the butterfly link for more information.
We are pleased to announce that well known poet Julia Bird is going to judge the entries for us.

Our Facebook Page for news/photos/videos/Twitter

Big Autumn Party (24th November)

Our Blog - Local Plan Adopted

Manning's Pit is Listed as an Asset of Community Value on the North Devon District Council Website

Endorsements from prominent environmental and cultural figures, including Sir Richard Eyre, Ken Loach, Michael Morpurgo and James Lovelock.

Upcoming Events/Calendar


How to donate

Local business support

Message to supporters:
Damage to gate by Shearford Lane

The History and Culture of Manning's Pit:

H H Munro (Saki), Colonel and Mrs Hibbert, F. R. Lee, R.A, Henry Williamson and
 Benjamin Manning

  How the Local Community feel
about Manning's Pit

Maps and Information -
Manning's Pit Fact File

Map of area

  Our Campaign

Lance Housley

Our Policies
including  link to our
Data Protection Policy

  The Planning Application for 41 houses in Manning's Pit has been withdrawn. 

But please note - Manning's Pit remains at risk.

Read more about this on our Blog Post from March)

Our Consultant's Reports (Ecology, Traffic and Landscape) plus details of the Planning Application

Sign our online petition at this link:

  Over 3400 people have signed already, including film Directors Ken Loach and Sir Richard Eyre, environmental scientist and inventor James Lovelock, Dr Sandie Byrne (author of The Unbearable Saki), Richard and Anne Williamson (son and daughter in law of Henry Williamson), Satish Kumar, environmentalist and Editor of Resurgence, former Director of Friends of the Earth Jonathon Porrit, the poet Julia Bird, former Liberal Democrat  North Devon MP and Minister in the last government Sir Nick Harvey,  Conservative North Devon MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, former UKIP Party Chairman Steve Crowther,  wildllife artist and naturalist Trevor Beer, MBE,  Endymion Beer, and Welsh landscape artists David Bellamy and Jenny Keal.   Go to our Endorsements Page for full details.
We have also had a hand-written message of support from Michael Morpurgo.

The Battle of Manning's Pit

This new film by Martin Kemp shows cousins Brian and John Norman reciting Brian's poem
about an event that took place in Manning's Pit when they were children.

  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