Yet more exciting news in regard to the petition. We are thrilled to have support from Henry Williamson’s family. Richard is a naturalist and author, like his father, and Anne has written a biography of Henry.
Richard’s mother, Ida Loetitia Hibbert, was the granddaughter of Colonel Hugh Hibbert and Sarah Catherine Hibbert, who was F R Lee’s daughter, thus linking the Williamson family to Manning’s Pit. They said this in their Comment:
‘As descendants of the Hibbert family of Broadgate – and Henry Williamson’s own family – and ourselves actively involved in nature conservation, we feel that this very important area should be left wild as an important lung for nature and for people to enjoy. While appreciating that there is a need for development for housing – it is also extremely important that animals have a refuge and people a place for the mind and spirit.
This area was of importance to the Hibberts and to Henry Williamson, who would have walked there when he visited ‘Grannie’ – Mrs. Sarah Hibbert – who was very gracious and kindly encouraging to him when he was writing Tarka the Otter. Her daughter, Margaret Dora, married her cousin Charles Hibbert – and they lived first at Abbotsham and then at Landcross. I am sure that as a child Margaret Hibbert and her brothers and sisters played with the young ‘Saki’ who would also have wandered the area.’