in Manning's Pit

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 much loved fields in Pilton, Barnstaple, North Devon  from development. 

Amended plans were received in connection with the Planning Application for Manning's Pit, and a new consultation period was opened, which has now closed. A very big thank you to all our supporters for their wonderful response to our call for extra funds.

Revised Planning Application

(Council website)

Our Responses
Ecological Response to Additional Documents
 Revised Objection report on Highways/Transport Issues

Our Previous Reports

Ecological Report

Landscape Assessment

Highways and Transport

Friends of Manning's Pit Objection

Our Facebook Page for news/photos/videos/Twitter

Coffee Morning February 24th

Our Blog for Latest News (Henry Williamson's son signs our petition)

Contact us

How to donate

Local business support

We also have a Noticeboard
 in the Reform Inn, Pilton

The History and Culture of Manning's Pit:

including Saki, Colonel and Mrs Hibbert,
F. R. Lee, R.A, Henry Williamson and
 Benjamin Manning

Manning's Pit Fact File

  Our Campaign

Supporters  write
about Manning's Pit

Important message:
damage to gate by Shearford Lane

Sign our online petition at this link:

  Over 3000 people have signed already, including film Director Ken Loach, environmental scientist and inventor James Lovelock, Richard and Anne Williamson (son and daughter in law of Henry Williamson) former Director of Friends of the Earth, Jonathon Porrit,  former North Devon MP and Minister in the last government, Sir Nick Harvey,  North Devon MP from 2015-2017, 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.
We have also had a hand-written message of support from Michael Morpugo.

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