Saturday 14 January 2017

A very happy New Year to all our volunteers!!
Hope you all had  a good break over the festive season and are ready to work hard to get rid of some of those mince pies.
We start again on Saturday 14th January 2017 and then meet every second Saturday in the month.  Meet at 10am in the main Hollies car park (off Weetwood Lane).
Hopefully we’ll have some nice bright weather to welcome us back.
Future dates:
Saturday 11th February
Saturday 11th March
Saturday 8th April
Hope to see you all soon.
P.S. For those who were at the December session – can you please check your spades as we have a spare (red and black handle) but are missing one with red tape at the handle. If you have it please bring it and we’ll swap them over.
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Saturday 10th December

Saturday 10th December is our last working party of the year so we’d like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work over the last 12 months.
We achieved a great deal and spring should see a wonderful display of daffodils and crocus from the thousands of bulbs we planted. More planting is on the cards for Saturday so please bring a spade if possible.
Also a big thank you to Liz and June for the delicious cakes and hot drinks they’ve provided – we’ll hopefully be rewarded with festive mince pies this time!!
Diary dates:
Saturday 14th January
Saturday 11th February
Saturday 11th March
Let’s make 2017 another good year!!
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Saturday 12 November


Dear All

We achieved an incredible amount last month thanks to a record breaking number of volunteers. We had 5,000 bulbs to plant and hoped to plant a significant amount – we certainly didn’t expect to plant all of them!!!  Well done to all who helped.

Our next date is Saturday 12th November – we’ll have a new batch of bulbs to plant and there’ll be plenty of clearing to do. The Hollies are very dry at the moment so let’s hope it stays that way until Saturday.  Meet as usual at 10am in the car park and there’ll be a hot drink and delicious home made cakes at the end.

Future dates (second Saturday in the month for those who haven’t realised!):

Saturday 10th December 2016 at 10am

Saturday 14th January 2017 at 10am

Saturday 11th February 2017 at 10am

See you there!

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Saturday 8 October

Thanks to all our volunteers who came along to our September meeting and worked so hard to clear a large area ready for bulb planting this month. We have around 5,000 spring bulbs which should keep everybody busy for a couple of hours or so! Fortunately we have been offered help from the Leeds University Union Conservation Volunteers which we have gratefully accepted.

The ground is still muddy so stout walking shoes are recommended along with gardening gloves and trowels & spades if you have them. As ever we will be rewarded with a hot drink and home made cakes when we finish! Meet as usual at 10am in The Hollies car park.

Future dates:

Saturday 12th November at 10am

Saturday 10th December at 10am

We look forward to seeing you all.

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Saturday 10th September

Hope everyone is well and enjoying this late summer sunshine – better late than never!

After a summer break you should all be rested and raring to get on with some work in The Hollies – we start again on Saturday10th September meeting as usual at 10am in The Hollies car park.
We’re in the process of ordering 1000’s of bulbs for planting in October and November so there’ll be plenty of clearing to do in preparation for that. There will be a variety of other jobs to do as well and even helping for a little while can make a big difference.
Remember stout shoes/boots and gloves. Refreshments will be provided.

Future diary dates:

Saturday 8th October – 10am
Saturday 12th November – 10am
Saturday10th December – 10am

Hope you can join us!

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Saturday 9th July

Thanks to those who helped at our June meeting.We did a lot of clearing down by the nursery to stop the philadelphus getting choked and to clear space for more planting.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 9th July at 10am and it’s the last one until September so please come along if you can.
 Hopefully we’ll get some drier weather so the ground won’t be quite as boggy as it’s been recently!
Diary dates:
Saturday 9th July at 10am.
No meeting in August.
Saturday 10th September at 10am.
Saturday 8th October at 10am.
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Next Session

It’s back to normal for our next session on June 11th – meet as usual at 10am in the car park and bring along a selection of tools. Hopefully we’ll have dry weather and get plenty of work done.

Future dates are;
Saturday July 9th  at 10am.
No meeting in August.
Saturday September 10th  at 10am.

Please come along and help – even half an hour will make a difference!

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Plant Sale – UPDATE

All the money is now in, and all the calculations have been done, and we did even better than mentioned earlier.  We made a fantastic profit of over £700 –  including £35 on cakes & drinks and a very generous donation from our patron. Once again we were lucky to have fine weather which meant lots of customers – well done everyone!

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Plant Sale

Some pictures from our recent plant sale!  Huge thank you to everyone who helped or bought plants – we made nearly £600!


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After a few mild meetings the winter finally weather caught up with us last time!

At 9am it was snowing but despite the wintry conditions a hardy group turned up and got on with clearing broken branches from the huge fur trees, pulling out brambles and clearing a stream. All in all it was a good morning’s work.

Our next date is Saturday March 12th, meeting in the main car park at 10am. It’s still very muddy so wear stout footwear and bring thick gloves – also the usual secateurs, spades and loppers. Refreshments will be provided as usual by our resident bakers.

Next dates are:
Saturday 9th April at 10am
Saturday 14th May at 9.30am for the plant sale
Saturday 11th June at 10am

Please start thinking about how you can help at the plant sale. We’ll be starting at 9.30 so will need as many volunteers as possible to help set up from 8.30 onwards. We also need people to man the stalls – taking money and possibly answering questions. We’ll be running a drinks and cake stall too so home made cakes in abundance please! There’ll be another reminder next time and it would be useful if you could e-mail a reply if you are able to help out.

As ever, publicity is all important so please start spreading the word!!

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