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Bradford Council Press Release on Parking Charges brought into St.Ives Estate

New car park charges will to come in to force at St Ives Country Park on Friday, 23 July 2021.

The charges and powers to issue fines will help Bradford Council manage car parking and improve road safety.

Funds generated will help pay for the upkeep of the car park, roads and other areas of the estate.

A number of bays at each entrance will offer free parking for a maximum of two hours.

Blue badge holders may park in any area free of charge, and a number of bays are designated for disable parking.

Parking charges will apply everyday between 9am and 5pm.

Charges will be £1 for up to 2 hours, £2 for up to four hours, and £3 for over four hours.

Up until Friday 6 August, a grace period will mean the council will send advisory notices to people who fail to pay or park in restricted areas.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said: “St Ives has become a very popular destination with increased numbers of cars and unfortunately poor parking.

“The new scheme will enable the council to encourage better parking and help keep the roads, parking spaces and estate in good condition.

“Better parking will also reduce the risks of traffic injuries.

“The scheme is limited to 9am to 5pm and there are some free parking bays; We hope strikes the right balance between reasonable charges and access to the estate.”

Annual parking passes will soon be available for the estate. For more information please email

March 2021; Recently there was sadly an UNPLEASANT INCIDENT at ST IVES when a young woman was intimidated and verbally abused by a group of men on off-road bikes. As a result of this, and also reports from visitors of increasing issues on the estate (inconsiderate parking, little social distancing, littering and general unpleasant behavior), the Friends have been in discussions with BMDC who have been very keen to try and resolve things. To help visitors to feel more comfortable visiting the estate , there will be an increased police presence around the estate, especially tomorrow (Saturday March 13th) There will also be around 6 Welfare Covid Support Workers there too. They will be handing out free masks and advice literature and will be happy to chat with everyone and answer any Covid related questions you may have. We’re very grateful to all these ‘bodies’ for their help in trying to make St Ives a good and pleasant place again for everyone to visit

Toilets; as of 9th February 2021 the toilets near the play area will be open again after the completion of repair works.

All Hallows’ Eve – As it’s Halloween we’ve made available an article on the Ghosts of St. Ives on our download page

Covid19 Update – October 2020 – Around Coppice Pond arrow signs have been introduced to encourage visitors to walk in a one way system to enable better social distancing. This has been introduced due to the path becoming very narrow at the Coppice Bog end where distancing is impossible. Even though it is outdoors it means people are passing each other under the World Health Organisation’s recommended 1 metre. PLEASE do not tear down the signs and PLEASE adhere to them.

FoSI Volunteers

The St Ives volunteers have started working on outdoor projects on the Estate again, keeping to the Covid 19 rules. We are keeping to a set group who meet fairly regularly but also work in smaller groups when needed.

Some of our work so far has included:

The Bird Hide has been swept out and cleaned;

The roadway through the heart of the Estate has been swept and cleared of debris, including an important drain.

We’ve cleared the coach house courtyard of most of the weeds and rescued the toads we found there and put them in a happier and safer place.

We’ve cleared much of the ivy from the walls along the central roadway.

We have checked many of the young trees in Betty’s Wood.

Various pathways have been sensitively pruned at the sides to allow visitors to use them.

Various holes around the Lake have been filled including putting a pipe into the most muddy area to drain away excess water into the lake to try and keep the path there  passable.

Covid19 update – 3rd August 2020

Play area is now open. Please keep to the social distancing regulations.


The Estate car parking areas are open after lockdown measures have been eased. Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 Coronovirus the upcoming car parking charges are being delayed until further notice.

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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