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Located near Bingley in West Yorkshire, St Ives Estate is a country park of 500 acres belonging to Bradford Metropolitan District Council with Public access to a large part of the area. The Estate is the former country home of the Ferrand family who sold the estate to Bingley Urban district Council in 1928 (see History section). Bingley UDC became part of Bradford in 1974, when the number of local authorities was reduced. The Estate has a large childrens' play area, plenty of scope for walkers and a cafe. The Friends of St Ives (also known as FOSI) is a group promoting activities on the Estate, whilst conserving the traditions. See 'Who are we section'. The Estate is used for a diverse range of activities from golf, archery, bird watching, walking and horse riding to angling on Coppice pond.

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The visitor centre is located on the left hand side of the road between the turn off for the Golf Club and the Farm. Admission is free and it is open from 11:00 until 15:00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The centre is also, subject to volunteer availability, open at the same times (Christmas and New Year excepted) on Bank holidays.


Fungus walk

The Fungus Foray is being held on this date to make it part of the UK Fungus weekend, celebrating all about fungus. You can see more at Click Here

Bob Taylor will lead a stroll around part of the estate whilst we all look for the various fungi growing at St Ives, then he will tell us more about each discovery.

UKAR visit

team tree guards

Recently, a team of volunteers from UKAR visited St Ives to carry out a day of volunteering. About 12 years ago, over 1000 trees were planted along the edge of the 20 acre meadow. Being just young saplings, their trunks were protected by tree guards, wrapped around them. These are now far too tight and the trunks are strong enough to stand alone. The team spent a day working very hard and removed these guards. (The team felt they could almost hear the trees sigh with relief as the guards came off.)

They were such a friendly group and we want to thank them very much indeed for coming to help St Ives and its trees.

Litter Picking

Litter is always a problem on the Estate, it gets everywhere. So you can guess how pleased we were when Chloe Farrar gave us a hand.

collecting litter on the estate

Just when we thought the tree felling was over

We have been told that, when a tree grows amongst others, it grows tall and with a poor root structure (due to not waving about in the wind). For this reason some of the non-infected tree species in Betty's wood, may have to be felled as they may blow over, onto the pubic footpath, resulting in injury to footpath users.

Two recent notices on the Estate

The notice regarding planned car parking charges have been erected around St Ives. Anyone wanting to contact the council about this have until 23rd March 2018 to do this. Please quote reference CORP/PCD/CEB/400396 with the e-mail address legalobjections@bradford.gov.uk

New sign

Some good news at last. The sign that has been photographed has appeared at Betty's Wood (seen early March 2018).

New sign

Annie Berrington from 'Get out more'

On Saturday 9th December, Annie Berrington from 'Get out more' is to return to St Ives to do more festive activities with children. Learn how to make Christmas decorations out of natural materials from St Ives, taking them home afterwards.

Santa returns to St Ives

Also on Saturday 9th December, Everyone can meet Father Christmas and his elves in the Visitor centre.

Tree Walk

On Saturday 21stOctober, Ian Butterfield lead a tree walk. The weather was not as good as the week before but we had a pleasant walk round Coppice Pond. Ian gave us a wealth of information about the trees. Both as we see woodlands today and as they were in ages past. Also, telling us about the uses to which the different species were put in times past. It was a good and informative walk.

Fungus walk

Typical fungus 2017, Oct Walk On Sunday 8thOctober, Bob Taylor lead another of his highly successful fungus walks. We walked round the estate on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon, collecting samples of the many fungus species to be found.

Photograph by Kath Gabbitas


No other description is strong enough. Phytophthora ramorum, the fungal disease that attacks our trees is spreading. Now detected in Larch trees, the following is a notice issued by Bradford Met' Council. Click here for more information. Document in Portable Document (.pdf) format as used by Adobe AcrobatTM

Visit to St Ives by Leeds University Geography Department

Leeds uni on St Ives Soil samples
Just two of the several photographs of the team from Leeds University's Geography dept; who visited St Ives on Sunday June 4th. The left hand picture shows team demonstrating how to tell the age of a tree. The other picture shows soil samples. One is from grassland, one from moorland and one from deciduous forest. The important thing being the amount of carbon retained by the three samples. (Funded by the British Ecological Society)

Another highly successful bird walk by Mark

Bird pictures taken on bird walk

Photographs by Paul Barrett

On 21stMay 2017, Mark Doveston led another of his highly successful bird walks. We went along by Coppice Pond, then up by Lady Blantyre's rock, to the top of the Estate, before dropping back down again to Betty's Lodge. From there we walked through the woods to look at the Owl nesting box. The weather was good and we all had a most enjoyable and instructive walk.

Two Easter bunnies at the visitor centre 2017

Easter Bunnies - 2017

On Monday, Kath arranged for two of her friends who run 'Just4Paws' at Keighley market to visit us for the morning dressed as giant bunnies. They kindly brought baskets of Easter eggs with them and walked around the Estate waving to the public, giving out eggs and sending them to the visitor centre to join in with our events.

Photograph by Pam Laking

Was there a pump on the sink?
Pump in York museum Coach house sink

The picture of the sink with a pump was taken in the York City Museum. The Picture of the other stone sink was taken by Kath Gabbitas in the coach house at St Ives. Looking at the coach house picture, there is a big hole at the side of the sink on the right hand side. Did this also have a pump at one time?

Strewing - or how to disguise nasty niffs

In days gone by, aromatic herbs were strewn on floors to help disguise some of the less savoury odours. These days, potpourri gets used in a similar manner and you can even place herbs under a mat, though modern usage is more to set a mood than overcome a pressing problem (unless you own an elderly dog). In the not too distant past much disease was thought to be passed by inhaling powerful smells which were called miasmas. This theory persisted from ancient times and in a lot of different cultures, until work on bacteria in the 19th century and later work, mostly in the 20th century, on viruses.

The new herb garden will have a section devoted to household herbs of the sort that were used for smell control. By placing a few of these home grown herbs in the new visitor centre, it is hoped to give an immediate impression of how rooms felt in former times.

Ferrands History

For centuaries the Ferrand family owned St Ives and much land in the area. The way in which the the Ferrands interacted with the history of Bingley is a fascinating topic and we are pleased to refer you to a new web site by Michael Ferrand.

Any ideas what this is?
Water walk group

Has anyone any ideas as to what this might be? (The walled up hole to the right.) It is in the wall of the building adjacent to the new herb garden. Red marks imply that it has been hot. A bread oven or forge perhaps. Clearly it is old but the relieving lintel above it does not look quite so old. Or was it still in use when the upper part of the wall and lintel were added at a later date as part of new or replacement building.

Ponds and Water Gardens
With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the society has brought out a pamphlet that describes the 'Ponds and Water Gardens', both as they are now and as they were when constructed by the Ferrand family. This pamphlet is now available or you can down load a copy at this link to our download page: Click Here. The file is in '.pdf' format as used by Adobe AcrobatTM.

Bird watching
For birding information look up "Bradford Ornithological Group". To see their WEB site via our links page Click Here

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