Hollybush seeks memories to mark 40th birthday celebrations

TCV hollybush roundhouse appeal
There's lots on offer at TCV Hollybush!

Hollybush Conservation Centre is seeking former staff and volunteers to celebrate its 40th birthday and share their memories, photos and ephemera for the Hollybush Histories project.

Hollybush Conservation Centre, nestled in the Kirkstall valley, is part of the national charity The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV) which aims create healthier and happier communities by connecting people to outdoor space.

tcv hollybush

In 1979 when BTCV first took over Hollybush it was a derelict farm dating back to the 17th century, which had once grown rhubarb reputed to have supplied the Ritz Hotel in London.

Hollybush Histories is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, recognising the positive community impact that Hollybush has made by collating the stories of former staff and volunteers about what Hollybush has meant to them, as well as celebrating the historic building and wonderful gardens.

Manager John Preston said:

“Hollybush has played an important part in so many people’s lives over the years, it is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate 40 years of making memories through conservation volunteering.”

The 40th anniversary year celebrations will also include several social events, including a festival in July for staff and volunteers, past and present, and an open day in September as part of the national Big Green Weekend event.

Anyone with a memory to share, or who would like to get back in touch with Hollybush, can do so through the Hollybush Histories Facebook page, by emailing hollybush@tcv.org.uk or by calling the centre.


Local news is in crisis. Can you help?

These are challenging times for local news providers – and producing your daily dose of West Leeds Dispatch comes at a cost!

We’re a small, community-led news organisation which needs your support to keep delivering quality journalism. We want to continue to maintain our openness and protect our precious independence – and above all to connect people with what’s happening in their part of West Leeds. Every reader contribution, big or small, helps us to do that.

For as little as £4 a month (£1 a week) you can support us – and it only takes a minute.

Or set up a standing order with your bank: Contact us on Paywestleedsdispatch@gmail.com if you’d like to do this.

Your support will make a difference. Thank you.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.