Bulbs planted to enhance estate’s beauty

Youngsters and adults who took part in the bulb planting at the St Ives Estate

Youngsters and adults who took part in the bulb planting at the St Ives Estate

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A group which helps promote and conserve the St Ives Estate in Harden used money from an award to carry out a bulb planting event.

The Friends of St Ives had been given £100 from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund, which is managed by Bradford District Community Fund.

The group brought in members of the 8th Keighley (Cross Roads) Scouts and other volunteers to help them with the planting at the popular country park.

Pam Laking, of the St Ives Friends group, said: “We planted wild daffodils, wild tulips, English bluebells, wood anemones and primroses among the trees above the lake known as Coppice Pond.

“Elsewhere, we planted snowdrop bulbs around the memorial to Lady Blantyre, who lived on the estate in the 19th Century.

“When she died in 1875 hundreds of snowdrops were planted, which have sadly died over the last century.

“When the bulbs flower for the first time in spring 2013, that will be exactly 135 years since the first snowdrops bloomed in Lady Blantyre’s memory.”

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