Welcome to Horticap

At Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road in Harrogate where suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

Horticap will reopen to the public on monday 25th May. Our opening times will be 11am – 3pm.

We would like to thank all our supporters and customers for their wonderful support and patience during our lockdown at the nursery.  in order that customers who still remain isolated or who cannot access the nursery can obtain plants we will continue to take on line orders on tuesdays 10am – 4pm and telephone orders on wednesdays 10am – 4pm.  if you are visiting the nursery please ensure that you follow the on site guidance which is in place to protect your safety .

Please keep an eye on our website and facebook for further updates.

For more information click hereBuy your plants online HERE

Our Aims:

To provide our students who have learning and other disabilities with a supportive and friendly working environment so that they may develop their social and communication abilities. We aim to help students extend their knowledge and skills, through structured training using professionally qualified staff and volunteers.

To build, maintain and grow a beautiful garden for members of the public of all ages to enjoy which includes a wildlife and bird spotting area, as well as beautiful flowers, plants, trees and shrubs. We also have various seating areas to enjoy a picnic and a shop where an abundance of plants, gifts and garden items can be purchased.

A Message from our Patron

The spirit and enterprise of Horticap never ceases to amaze and delight me. I am proud to be their patron and urge everyone who knows the therapeutic qualities of gardening to support the sterling work they do. Using gardening as a means of enriching lives is something I have valued all my life; Horticap is living proof that it can transform lives.

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL

Join Us on Facebook


providing training and education in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities in Harrogate and the surrounding district.
Horticap3 days ago
What a difference a year makes...last year it was the students helping with begonia planting...this year it’s the ‘Instructor Tom and Ruth’ team (no need for social distancing they are married 😂) and Tom had to take the photo so it’s a Ruth photo only💓
Horticap4 days ago
Phil on live tonight to talk about Horticap... what else.
Horticap5 days ago
It’s been wonderful to see the students with their gardening boxes...and Dan sent a lovely thank you note along with a few photos him doing the planting. Looking forward to seeing you back at Horticap as soon as we get the green light 😀
Horticap6 days ago
It may have been for the birds but the bees got there first 🐝
Horticap7 days ago
So lovely to see our fantastic customers back at last...and so lovely to see brickwork 😀