children by Manning's Pit bridge

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

 The Planning Application for 41 houses in Manning's Pit has been withdrawn.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 (posted in March)

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

Our Facebook Page for news/photos/videos/Twitter

Go to our Blog for latest news

Endorsements from prominent environmental and cultural figures, inclusing Ken Loach, Michael Morpugo and James Lovelock. The latest to sign our petition (see below) is Satish Kumar


How to donate

Local business support

We also have a Noticeboard
 in the Reform Inn, Pilton

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

  Community feelings about Manning's Pit

Manning's Pit Fact File -
maps and information

  Our Campaign

Lance Housley

Important message:
damage to gate by Shearford Lane

Our Data Protection Policy

Sign our online petition at this link:


  Over 3200 people have signed already, including film Director Ken Loach, 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 and Temporar Leader  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 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