Hollybush is supported by Leeds City Council and the Big Lottery Fund

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Training Opportunities at Hollybush

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*** We still have places on: Basic Bushcraft, Further Bushcraft and Spring Gardening ***


Short Courses Timetable

Mondays Further Bushcraft 13Mar- 03 Apr   09.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesdays Basic Bushcraft 14 Mar - 04 Apr 07 Mar 10.00am - -3.45pm
Wednesdays Basic Woodwork 8 Mar - 29 Mar FULL 9.30am - 3.30pm
  Spring Gardening 8 Mar - 29 Mar 29 Feb 9.30am - 3.30pm
Fridays Hedgelaying 10 Mar - 31 Mar - 9.30am - 4.00pm
  Spring Gardening 17 Mar - 7 Apr 10 Mar 9.30am - 12.30pm
  Further Woodwork 3 Mar - 31 Mar 24 Feb 9.30am - 3.30pm

All our courses aim to teach you new skills, improve your health and increase your confidence.

Our courses are FREE if you are on benefits. Evidence MUST be provided BEFORE the course starts. For others fees range from £8 - £75 depending on the length of course (reductions for aged 65 or over).  Courses are part time, one day a week for three to five weeks.


Course information


Basic Conservation

If you want to get outside, get a bit fitter and make new friends then volunteering with us is great, BUT if you want to know more and have a try before you start regular volunteering then why not come on this course. You will learn

  • Simple practical skills
  • Health and safety on site
  • Why we do conservation work
  • What you could do next, with TCV and other green groups across Leeds  

Four-day courses running over 2 weeks, so you can follow them with a practical skills course for the rest of the term –Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Basic Bushcraft

Learn fire-lighting, shelter-building and safe tool use. A good way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. The course emphasises teamwork and is led by an experienced tutor. Four consecutive Tuesdays. Takes place in the wildlife garden of Hollybush.


Aimed at beginners or those who want to learn to garden in an environmentally friendly way.

Further bushcraft

Applying the skills you learnt on Basic Bushcraft. This course takes place in the woods. Reconnecting with nature and self-reliance are key themes of this course. You will learn how to light fires, build shelters and make your own tools. Emphasis is on using natural resources.

Basic Woodwork

This course introduces people to woodwork and encourages the learning of new skills in a friendly setting within a fully-fitted workshop. The four-session course enables individuals to make quality wood products such as basic garden planters, benches and small home furniture. 

Further Woodwork

Developing the skills you learnt on Basic Woodwork. You will learn all the skills necessary to make your own tool box. Five consecutive Fridays.


How to book a place

To enrol on a course or for more information please contact Eric or Jess on:

LANDLINE:  0113 239 9929  /  0113 239 9921  OR  

MOBILE: 07740 899 723  /  07870 678 685  OR

EMAIL: e.yaffey@tcv.org.uk / j.kandola@tcv.org.uk

TCV Hollybush Short Course Training Programme is part-financed by the European Union and the Skills Funding Agency -  investing in jobs and skills, focusing on people who need the most support and helping them fulfill their potential.