The Friends of Manning's Pit

The Friends of Manning's Pit Community Group have led the Save and Buy campaigns since 2015. The Manning's Pit fields have been loved by generations of Pilton, Bradiford and Barnstaple people from the writer H H Munro (Saki) back in the 19th Century to the local community in the present day.

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North Devon Gazette reports on gate opening.

We've done it, we've saved Manning's Pit - with all your help. Thank you everyone, donors large and small and all who have supported us through all the difficult times.

Read more at the North Devon Gazette

Information Page for Map and Guidelines


Many thanks to the following organisations for their assistance
Garfield Weston  Fund     North Devon Council     Barnstaple Town Council
Fleet Caravans Ltd     Yeo Dale Hotel     Pilton United Charity
Tozers    Barratts Community Fund

Saki's Hat
H H Munro (Saki) grew up close to Manning's Pit.
He said: "...my favourite bird is the hedge-sparrow."
The Friends of Manning's Pit
Saki Short Story Competition

First prize £500, second prize £200,
third prize £100

Judges: Sir Richard Eyre, James Lovelock and Peter Christie


Entries are now closed.
Thanks to everyone who sent in a story.


Broomhill Estate donate extra prizes for our short story competition.
Mannings Pit - Our Future by Ty Redif.


A short video made in September 2019 by Wendy Robinson and Christine Lovelock explaining how The Friends of Manning's Pit were founded and the campaign to Save Manning's Pit was started, back in 2015.
Here is Ryan Vowles, reading his poem "Together" Ryan's poem ended with these words:

"So make a lot of effort, put your heart and soul into it And maybe, Together, we can Save Manning's Pit. "


The Friends of Manning's Pit have come together with the Pilton Green Man CIO, charity number 1170742, to buy Manning's Pit for the local community.