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 and horse riding to angling on Coppice pond, to name only five.
Want to know who we are? Click Here to find out.
Why not become a member and join in the fun. Click Here to download
a membership form.
Telegraph & Argus Community Stars
December 2013 there was the award ceremony for 'Community Stars'. We did
not win this time but to be nominated was an honour. Picture left to right: Pam Laking, Susan Hart,
Photograph by Kath Gabbitas
Pictures on a recent fungus walk
On Sunday 6th October, Bob Taylor lead one of his renown fungus walks.
The event this year was very well attended.
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Photographs by Kath Gabbitas
Wood turners come to St Ives
Left photograph by Kath Gabbitas. Right photograph by Susan Hart
On Sunday 21st
the West Riding Wood Turners gave a demonstration in the yard outside
the stables and coach houses. Whilst they had a display of their products that were for sale
at the demonstration, there was another exhibition of their wares in the visitor centre. The
display in the visitor centre attracted a lot of attention and was there for about two weeks.
The two pictures above show, on the left, the demonstration and on the right the display in the
On Friday 26th
July 2013 the society held a bat walk. This was lead by Ian Butterfield
of Forest of Bradford (Beat) and was a great success. Over 60 people came out on the walk.
Photograph by Kath Gabbitas
New gates on Herb Garden
The herb garden now has a set of new gates.
Photograph by Kath Gabbitas
Annual General Meeting this year was better attended than usual, in no small
part to it being linked to a talk by Jane Ramsden
which she gave us an insight into the world of herbal remedies. The talk made reference to both
traditional and modern theories and was of great interest to all.
New bluebell pictures
Kaths page of bluebell pictures has been extended to include some of this years
shots. Click here
Chain saw carvings
Some years ago a group of chain saw wood carvers carved timbers into statues and forms.
These were displayed at various points round the estate but are now starting to deteriorate
with age and rot. Shortly after they were made David Dufton made a photographic record of them.
These pictures have been scanned and appear on a page devoted to the
subject. Click here
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For work on the St Ives Estate the Friends of St Ives have received an award from the
Shipley Community Heroes. For their work they have received the 'Shipley Community Heroes Award 2013'
making them Super Heroes. Their prizes are an engraved silver commemorative dish, a certificate
and £ 200 to spend on the Estate. Our picture shows: (left to right) Pam Laking, Susan Hart, Kath Gabbitas
and John Rhodes.
For a minimum donation of £ 1- 50 you can get a quiz book from the Visitor centre. The book has pictures
of gates and stiles round the estate and you can fill in where you saw them. If you really want
to cheat - the answers are in the back.
Meet 'Earn the churn'
If you want to meet 'Earn the churn' call in at the visitor centre. Earn is a milk churn, adapted for
use as a collection box. There is a slot in the top, through which donations to the society can be made.
Put in a donation and the churn speaks a thank you message. Call in and try it.
Visitor centre gets under way
As you may have seen, the new visitor centre is now open, twice a week; the times are Wednesday
and Saturday 11:00 to 15:00. However this is subject to availability of people to man the centre.
If you feel that you can help here please let them know in the centre. They are always on the
look out for people to share the load. Just two hours now and then is a big help.
Was there a pump on the 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
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.
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?
Has anyone any ideas as to what this might be? It is in the wall of the building adjacent to the new herb
garden. Red marks round the walled up access on the right 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.
Why are they pulling up our rhododendrons?
Long a popular feature of St Ives are the rhododendrons. Not a native of the UK but a species
imported from the Himalayas. They are none the less a colourful sight when they are in flower. So why
are they using horses to pull them out? The answer is 'phytophthora ramorum' a contagious fungal
disease that has been found in some of the countries rhododendrons (and a few other types of bush).
The disease is called 'sudden oak death' in America and this is the name that explains the problem. In
a manner that has parallels with the way in which the outbreak of foot and mouth was tackled, ten
years ago, the rhododendrons are being sacrificed before they bring about the death of our oak trees. DEFRA
(Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs) are very worried that without this action,
we could loose many of the oaks; trees that have taken many decades to grow.
Even without this crisis, it would have been necessary to clear some of the rhododendrons as they
are a fast growing species that inhibits the growth of other plant, bird and animal populations.
For those wondering - the horse is called Nathan
Wildlife identification chart
Bradford Met. have been busy making a wildlife identification chart for mounting near Coppice Pond.
If you would like a copy of your own, then click on this link to our download
page Click Here
. The file is in '.pdf' format as used by Adobe AcrobatTM
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
For birding information look up "Bradford Ornithological Group". To see their WEB site via our links
page Click Here