Aquatic-themed day continues Hollybush’s anniversary celebrations

hollybush aquatic adventure

Hollybush Conservation Centre in Kirkstall will be continuing its 40th anniversary year celebrations with an aquatic-themed day of activities.

Hollybush is part of the national charity The Conservation Volunteers, which aims to create healthier and happier communities by connecting people to outdoor space. 

Every September TCV holds a ‘Big Green Weekend’ of open days across the country and this year Hollybush will be making the most of its canal-side location to offer boat rides, a canoe trail and other exciting activities to explore local water plants and wildlife.

Senior project officer Col Powell said:

“We love the opportunity to show people what we do here at Hollybush and are looking forward to a really fun day of activities to celebrate 40 years of community conservation in this lovely hidden corner of Kirkstall.”

The watery weekend starts on the evening of Friday 20th September with a special showing of celebrated film about wild swimming, The Ponds, in Hollybush’s atmospheric 17th century barn.

The main day of family friendly activities will be on Sunday 22nd from 11am.

As well as a variety of aquatic activities, generously funded by Grow Wild, there will be lots more going on during the day to showcase the work of the centre and its volunteers. 

This includes a 40th anniversary exhibition on the history of Hollybush, plus green crafts and a book swap to tie in with Leeds Recycling week.

Foodie highlights will include apple pressing with Leeds Urban Harvest, open air marshmallow toasting and wonderful cakes and snacks courtesy of the Hollybush café.


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