Save beautiful Manning's Pit in Pilton, North Devon for future generations
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"Good towns need good parks like Manning's Pit"
James Lovelock, originator of Gaia Theory
The fields of Manning’s Pit in Pilton, Barnstaple, North Devon have been walked and played on by local people for hundreds if not thousands of years. The area is scenically beautiful and brings a magical piece of North Devon countryside within easy walking reach of town. The people of Pilton hold these fields very close to their hearts. Many tell tales of their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents playing there. It's as though Manning's Pit were written into their DNA. Today this land offers a safe and natural playground to a new generation of children. Until recently Manning’s Pit was owned by a local farmer - who allowed free access to his land. The local population respected his need to occasionally graze animals on the land and helped care for the fields as best they could. Pulling trapped sheep out of hedgerows or releasing them from barbed wire fences was all part of the symbiotic relationship between farmer and residents. But now Manning’s Pit has been sold to land speculators. A London-based property grab by nameless individuals who will never visit Manning's Pit. They are interested only in forcing through planning permission for a housing estate so that they can sell the land on to a developer for a huge profit. This petition seeks to demonstrate to the speculators just how strongly local people feel about their land. For now they prefer to stay anonymous but once we have identified who they are the petition will be forwarded onto them. We also seek to strengthen the resolve of the North Devon Planning Department to turn down planning permission to build on Manning's Pit. To get a flavour of just how much these fields mean to local people please take the time to look at our short film "The Magic of Manning's Pit" at: www.vimeo.com/togetherland/MagicPit And if you would like to stay up to date with the campaign we are on facebook and twitter: www.facebook.com/ManningsPit www.twitter.com/ManningsPit and have our own website with lots of history about these fields and Pilton - the home of the Green Man festival: www.ManningsPit.com
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