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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the centre.
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