Once Hollybank was once a Nusery and of course trees were introduced.
The link with tennis is that the 1st Alexander Tennis Rackets were made from imported English Ash grown at Hollybank from about 1933, 109,200 Ash trees were planted, the trees took a long time to grow and it's believed no rackets were made from the wood from Hollybank.
The plantation didn't take quite as well as planned, and was abandoned in 1946.
Some of the wood used in their products was still sourced locally, however, Willow harvested from the North Esk River was used for the company to make Cricket Bats.
Other trees planted were 800 Corsican pine planted in 1935, experimental plots of Larch, Douglas Fir, Californian Redwood and Western Hemlock.
The Alexander factory was wound down in the late 1950's and sold to Spalding in Victoria, Australia, Spalding being another brand of tennis rackets.
Photo of the factory is borrowed...
The Factory is now the Police Boys Club.