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News from Bradford Council regarding all park land;

Bradford Council is reinforcing the message that travel to exercise is not essential travel
To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) and encourage people to limit their journeys to essential travel only, Bradford Council has taken the decision to close its car parks at certain destinations. The closure will take place with immediate effect until further notice.

The destinations where this will apply include:

St Ives Low Park, Golf Club & Coppice Pond and Play Area car parks

Over the past week the Council has seen an increase in the numbers of people treating the time that they have at home due to the Government restrictions, as a holiday and driving to local beauty spots and overcrowding them.

The Government’s new measures limit travel to essential journeys only, you are allowed to go out for exercise but you must stay close to home.

The Government has said that they expect the public to act responsibly and follow the new rules. However, if the police believe that someone has broken these rules – or if they refuse to follow their instructions – a police officer may issue them with a fixed penalty notice for £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days).

The decision by the Council reinforces the work of West Yorkshire Police and also reflects action being taken at other beauty spots and national parks around the country.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “People have got to understand that the Government is telling people to Stay At Home for a simple reason – we need to save lives. People should not be making unnecessary journeys. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that people aren’t following this advice which gives us no choice but to close the car parks for these sites. Please follow the Government’s guidance and Stay. At. Home!”

Parks stay open but with restrictions

We are continuing to follow Government guidelines in our response to the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.

Following the latest announcement from the Government, we have closed all play areas, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAS), and outdoor fitness equipment in all our parks and green spaces across the district.

Parks and green spaces will stay open for the time being, pending further Government decisions and providing people don’t overcrowd these areas and follow the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and staying home if they have symptoms or may have been in to contact with anyone who has symptoms.

We are doing all that we can to try and halt the spread of coronavirus in the district. This is very serious and we need people to get the message and to stay at home.

This is not a holiday or the time to meet up, have picnics, exercise or walk dogs in groups or sadly for children to play together in groups.

We need to put those things aside, get creative and find alternative ways to keep active and keep in touch. We know this is going to be difficult, we will get though this, but people need to take this seriously.

If you feel it is absolutely necessary to go to these areas and you don’t have access to a garden or any outdoor space, we ask that you follow the rules of social distancing and hand hygiene. This means keep at least 2 meters or 6 feet away from others and washing hands thoroughly and more often. If you have symptoms or may have been in contact with any one who has symptom go home and stay at home.

If people can’t do this then we may be forced to close these spaces altogether.

Covid-19 Pandemic

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronovirus the upcoming car parking charges are being delayed until further notice.

If you do visit St.Ives Estate during this time please observe “social distancing” protocols.


Bradford Council will be introducing car-parking charges this spring in St.Ives Estate.

Visitor Centre – July 2019

New railings have recently been installed at the entrance to the visitor centre.

Friends of St.Ives AGM 2019

We are holding our 2019 AGM on Wednesday May 29th at 7.30pm. Please note the new venue at the Harden Congregational Church. Andrew Cutts, the assistant Trees and Woodlands manager for Bradford Council, will be giving a talk about the ‘Management of St Ives’ and there will be time at the end for any questions you may have. We do hope you can join us for the meeting.

We now have a task team who are carrying out various key tasks within the Estate grounds such as gully clearing, litter picking, habitat improvements to name but a few. The team meet on alternate Thursday, check out the calendar for the next date and contact Sara

FoSI Guided Birdwatching spring 2019

This year’s guided bird watching walks were among the best attended since we started. The walk, organised in conjunction with Bradford and Airedale RSPB group, held on the International Dawn Chorus Day had 27 people join in.

This year the weather was kind to us for all the morning walks and we had some special sightings.

During the earlier walks we saw Brambling, a winter visiting finch, for the first time during one of our walks. Redwing, another winter visitor, was seen well into April. The regular summer migrants started appearing a little later than “normal” but at times they were joined by some scarce visitors to St.Ives Estate.

Garden Warbler which has had a toehold in St.Ives for several years now appeared in larger numbers than any year on record with at least 6 singing males one morning. On the dawn chorus day, we were lucky to find a singing Redstart which sang in full view albeit it distant.

By mid-May, sadly, it was apparent “we” were going to miss out on one or two species though. The Wood Warbler haven’t returned to breed and flycatchers have yet to arrive. The evening walk suffered from a cool gusting wind which hindered our chances greatly, however we did have good views of a roding Woodcock.

The combined species total reached 61 species seen or heard during this year’s walks.

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