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

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Training Opportunities at Hollybush

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Short Courses Timetable

How to book a place

To enrol on a course or for more information please contact One of the team on: LANDLINE: 0113 2742335 (reception) EMAIL: hollybush@tcv.org.uk

Alternatively if you would like to be updated when new courses are available, then please subscribe to our short course mailing list at the bottom of this page!

Upcoming training courses and events


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, generally one day a week for three to five weeks.

Course information

Basic Conservation

An introduction for first-time volunteers to the tools used, types of work undertaken and what to expect on a TCV project.


Aimed at beginners, or those who want to learn to garden in an environmentally friendly way, the sessions are two and a half hours long and each course will run for four weeks. These courses will take place throughout the year, focusing on different aspects of the gardening calendar. This will involve how to grow plants overwinter in our polytunnel, planting up containers for different times of the year, or wildlife gardening. You will learn a range of skills including sowing, pricking out, potting on, and pruning, and find out when to do these jobs for different plants. We will also look at soil management and making compost at different points throughout the year.

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 toolbox. Five consecutive Fridays.

Natural Crafts

Learn a variety of traditional crafts from felt making, natural dying with plants and willow weaving. During this course we will be exploring the ancient craft of felt making to create a 3D shape, identifying plants suitable for dying, and weaving a willow flower. Each term will have a slightly different focus as we move through the seasons.

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 fulfil their potential.

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