Best Wishes for 2022

Best wishes for 2022 to all our hard working volunteers! Your efforts are very much appreciated and the work you do really does makes a difference.

Thanks to everyone who came to the December working session – we had a good turnout and cleared several overgrown areas which we will hopefully plant up with bulbs.

We’ll meet up again on Saturday 8th January at 10am in the main car park and we’ll continue with general clearing work.

For any new volunteers – tools are provided and all work is supervised by the head gardener Frank. We generally work for two hours and if you want to bring your own tools you are welcome to do so. Refreshments will be provided when we finish.

Please remain aware of COVID advice and do not attend if you or any close contacts have symptoms.

We hope to continue meeting up on the second Saturday in the month, and our future dates are:

Saturday February 12th

Saturday March 12th

Saturday 9th April

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Thanks to everyone who came to the November working session – we had a good turnout and managed to get an amazing amount done.  A special mention to the scouts and their leaders from Meanwood who did a great job clearing out ditches.

We will meet up again on Saturday 11th December at 10am in the main car park. We’ll be doing a variety of  general clearing work and hopefully the weather will remain dry. 

For any new volunteers – tools are provided and all work is supervised by the head gardener Frank. We generally work for two hours and if you want to bring any tools you have you are welcome to do so. Also remember to bring gardening gloves and wear sturdy footwear. Helping out for even half an hour can make a huge difference. Refreshments will be provided when we finish.

We’re hoping for a good turn out and look forward to seeing you all again. Please remain aware of COVID advice and do not attend if you or any close contacts have symptoms.

We also hope to continue meeting up on the second Saturday in the month. Future dates for 2022 are:

Saturday  January 8th

Saturday February 12th

Saturday March 12th

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Thank you to everyone who came to the October working session…

…we had a good turnout and managed to get an amazing amount done.

We will meet up again on Saturday 13th November at 10am in the main car park. We’ll be doing a variety of general clearing work and hopefully the weather will remain dry.

For any new volunteers – tools are provided and all work is supervised by the head gardener Frank. We generally work for two hours and if you want to bring any tools you have you are welcome to do so. Also remember to bring gardening gloves and wear sturdy footwear.

Refreshments will be provided when we finish.

We’re hoping for a good turn out and look forward to seeing you all again.Please remain aware of COVID advice and do not attend if you or any close contacts have symptoms.

We also hope to continue meeting up on the second Saturday in the month. Future dates are:

Saturday 11th December

Saturday 8th January

Saturday 12th February

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We’re meeting on Saturday 11th September!

Dear all

We hope this finds you all safe and well and the good news is that at last we have a date for our return to work!!

We will meet up on Saturday 11th September at 10am in the main car park.

As we have been absent for so long there is plenty of work to be done. We’ll be doing a variety of  general clearing work and hopefully the weather will remain dry. 

For any new volunteers – tools are provided and all work is supervised by the head gardener, Frank. We generally work for two hours and if you want to bring any tools of your own you are welcome to do so. Also remember gardening gloves and sturdy footwear.

Refreshments will be provided when we finish.

We’re hoping for a good turn out and look forward to welcoming you all back.

Please bear in mind COVID guidelines and do not attend if you or any of your close contacts have symptoms of the virus.

We also hope to continue meeting up on the second Saturday in the month.

Future dates are:

Saturday October 9th

Saturday November 13th

Saturday December 11th

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Commemorating the centenary of The Hollies

The Friends of The Hollies have placed a plaque in the Collections Garden commemorating the gift of The Hollies to the City of Leeds in 1921.

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The Hollies Centenary

Did you know that 1 June 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the gift of The Hollies to Leeds City Council?

It would be great to commemorate this in some way and the current proposal is to create a centenary flower bed in the collections garden in early June, with an appropriate informative notice board. This is more easily planned and prudent since we do not know what might happen in the next couple of months, but maybe there can be a more social occasion as part of the September work morning.

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Happy New Year to all our Volunteers!


Once again the decision to return to work has been taken out of our hands due to another lockdown.
We will continue to keep you updated and hope to meet up when the weather and the situation improve!!
In the meantime stay safe and well.

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Some Good News!

Good news at last – we are able to meet up on Saturday 12th December to re-start work in The Hollies.

HOWEVER, this is only open to the volunteers who have completed a risk assessment with Frank and is limited to a group of 6 people. Social distancing must be maintained and we ask that you bring your own gardening tools. We’ll be doing general woodland work and brambling – plenty to keep us all busy.

If you would like to join us next month (Saturday 9th January – regulations permitting) please email us and we’ll organise some more risk assessments.

We must stress that you CANNOT attend on 12th December unless you have completed the risk assessment.Thanks for your understanding and please stay safe!!

Potential future dates in 2021:

Saturday 9th January

Saturday 13th February

Saturday 13th March

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October Update

Hope you’re keeping well and enjoying the early autumn sunshine.


We have some new guidelines from Leeds City Council regarding volunteers which means we should be able to start helping out again soon. We won’t be able to get together in October but hopefully will re-commence on Saturday November 14th if all goes to plan.

The new guidelines are as follows:

*We can only work in a group of 6 which includes Frank so only 5 additional volunteers per session.

*All volunteers must observe social distancing.

*No refreshments can be served afterwards.

*Anyone with Covid symptoms or who has had contact with someone with Covid symptoms should not attend.

*All volunteers must have a risk assessment with Frank before re-starting.


If you are happy to volunteer under these restrictions please reply by email and we will arrange risk assessments with Frank towards the end of October. If we have more than 5 responses we will rotate on a monthly basis so that everyone gets a chance to participate.


As lockdown measures are (hopefully) relaxed in the future the restrictions should also change.
Thank you for your continued interest and support over the past few months and we look forward to seeing you in the near future

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August Update

Hope everyone’s keeping safe and well.

Although our services are desperately needed in The Hollies, we unfortunately won’t be back working in September. Leeds Council aren’t letting any volunteers return to work just yet, but as permanent staff are now back we hope it won’t be too long.

We will do another update towards the end of September, and hope to see you all soon.

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