Special Prize

The Judge of our Photo Competition also awarded an extra prize, for the best Black and White Photograph, and here are his comments. along with the photograph he chose,  by Eliza Weeks:

The Judge, Adrian Beasley:

I have a soft spot for Black & White images and this one gives a view down the valley and that well known hill profile.  The dog is seemingly enjoying the space all to itself.  I liked the composition, with the trees on the right mirroring the valley hillside.


Third Prize in the Photo Competition

Third prize went to Lucy Robinson. Like the other prizewinners, Lucy lives in Pilton. Here is what the Judge Adrian Beasley ( http://www.abeasley.org )   had to say about her beautiful photo:

These fields are under threat, so this glorious image of the space with a few wild flowers enjoying the last of the sun’s rays really caught my eye. Technically, another well composed image with a focus on the foreground, a moody sky that has been exposed well so as not to lose detail in the clouds.




Second Prize in the Photo Competition.

Here is what the Judge Adrian Beasely had to say about Susan Jarvis’s photograph, which won second prize:

Many generations of children have played in Manning’s Pit, and this dreamy thoughtful image immediately struck me as a great reference to the many hours spend there by generations. I like the swing in the background and the bright glistening water and especially the thoughtful child. Technically, it is a well composed image with the main subject off centre well exposed and responsible for a single point of bold colour against the diffuse background.susan-jarvis

Susan and her family have been wonderful supporters of our campaign from the very beginning.

Matthew Steele’s Prize Winning Photo

Here  is Matthew Steele’s Prize winning Photo.  Matthew is aged 15 but was actually 13 when he took this photo, which makes it even more impressive! We are very grateful to Adrian Beasley who judged the competition and the comments he made about it are below the photo.


Matthew Steele

1st Prize

For me this image has everything. Taken in the “golden hour” as the light streams through the trees and highlights the mist. It is an evocative image bringing back a memory of playing there and the natural beauty of the place that is Manning’s Pit. This tree is one of the icons of this small valley and Matthew has really captured it at its best. Technically, the photograph is excellent. Well exposed and composed.

Adrian Beasley


Results of Photo Competition

It was a great day at the Green Man Festival and the Exhibition felt like a real succees. Unfortunately – as usual! – and ironically in the circumstances – we were short of a good photographer to take photos of the prizewinners. So the photos here are rather fuzzy, but the best for the moment.

Anyway, there were some beautiful photographs on show, and the winners were:

1st Prize Matthew Steele (aged 15)

2nd Prize Susan Jarvis

3rd Prize Lucy Robinson

They all live in Pilton and have been great supporters of our campaign. Many thanks to Adrian Beasley who Judged the competition, Katie Simpkins who organised it and Bev Snowden who presented the prizes.

There’ll be more about the Exhibition tomorrow – it is on tomorrow as well, but only from 10-4, rather than 10-5 as today.

We have so many people to thank as well that it will take an extra post to list them all!

Here are the photos of the prizewinners, and also one of Bev giving Matthew his prize.




Our Exhibition at the Green Man Festival this weekend

We are open on both the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend, and have some very exciting exhibits and displays to show everyone.

The Photo Competion results will be announced on the Saturday at 1pm and we are very grateful to photographer Adrian Beasley who was our Judge.

Hope to see you there – more news to come!  Details of the Exhibition are on the website Home Page but just for starters, we have amazing photographic banners, a forager’s cook book, items about the environmentalists who have supported us, including James Lovelock (100 in a week’s time, with a book just entering the best seller lists) lots of photos and information about the plants and wildlife of Manning’s Pit and the Bradiford Valley, a big Display from Devon Birds Preservation Society, maps of all kinds, and so on… and so on…

Dormouse poking head out of box

Coffee Morning this weekend: Pilton Parish Hall, Saturday June 8th, 10 am to 1 pm.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend when we hold our first Coffee Morning for a while. The aim of the Coffee Morning is to raise funds for our upcoming Exhibition and help the Church Hall, where we will be holding the Exhibition, but we also look forward to meeting up with our supporters again after what has been a quietish time.

If you are thinking of entering the Photo Competition and have any queries about it, Katie, the Competition organiser will be at the Coffee Morning to answer them. Time is rushing by, and the deadline is only a few weeks away now, so don’t delay getting out in the fields with your camera!

Plans for the Exhibition on July 20/21 (over the Green Man Festival Weekend) are progressing fast, and it looks as if we will have some exciting and interesting exhibits.  The results of the Photo Competition will be announced on Saturday 20th and the photographs will be part of the Exhibition.

EPSON MFP image As mentioned above, it has been a quiet time without any action on the planning front, but our supporters continue sending their messages from all parts of Britain and across the Globe.

Here is John Lovelock with his Poster in Buenos Aires, Argentina this May: