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Hollybush sits by an historic river crossing of the River Aire two miles upstream of Leeds City Centre.
Hollybush House passed through several families and was used as a Methodist meeting room, a home for canal lock keepers and the barn as a car garage.
TCV in West Yorkshire pre-1970
The early northern office of BTCV was at Tong Hall, just a few miles from Hollybush.
In March 1979 sledgehammers were used to gain entry and the restoration began.
1982-89 Community Programme
The Hollybush Conservation Volunteers (Hollyvols) was launched in March 1982 and have run three days a week ever since.
County Days 1990-2000
One County manager, a tree nursery officer and the Cookson Training Officer grew to a team of 8 across West Yorkshire.
The Friends of Hollybush was founded in late 2004 to enable volunteers to run small scale projects to complement (B)TCV’s work.
Modern 2011 - present
Continuous mprovements to the building and a new accessible meeting room. On a busy day, there can be over 50 people on site.