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A model of how The Roundhouse will look.

A model of how The Roundhouse will look.

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An environmental volunteering centre is on the home stretch of a fundraising drive to create a unique £55,000 meeting space.

Hollybush Conservation Centre in Kirkstall wants to build a light, accessible, energy efficient building called The Roundhouse to give volunteers a place to gather before heading out to countryside projects across Yorkshire.

The centre, which is run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the national community volunteering charity, needs to raise the final £9,000 for the project.

Michael Bird, project officer for the practical team at Hollybush Conservation Centre, said: “The café we run used to be a volunteer room. Now the volunteers gather outside before we go off for the day or when working in the grounds or attending courses. The Roundhouse would create more space for training. It will provide a much needed meeting space for our visitors, therapeutic garden groups, course trainees, mental health support groups and volunteers. It is a place we can hire out to external organisations.”

Hollybush works on conservation projects with various people including children, people with mental health issues and those with substance misuse problems.

People can find out more about its work and volunteering at an open day on October 9 from 11am to 4pm at the centre in Broad Lane, as part of TCV’s annual Big Green Weekend across the UK.

Michael said: “Whether it’s constructing a bug hotel with our woodworking project, propagating plants with the gardening group or campfire cooking with our bush-craft team, we’ve got something to help you enjoy the outdoors.”

Visitors can also sample the café’s homemade food, arts and crafts and a garden trail.