Welcome to Horticap

Located at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road in Harrogate, we’re an independent, registered charity with suitably qualified staff and a team of volunteers who provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills.

Garden Centre Glasshouse
Horticap shop
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We would like to thank all our supporters and customers for their wonderful support and patience during our lockdown at the nursery. If you are visiting the nursery, please ensure that you follow the on site guidance, which is in place to protect your safety.

Hopkins café is now open serving a tasty selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, Ploughman’s lunch, and delicious cakes and treats (including vegan and gluten free), along with tea and barista coffee. Very shortly we’ll be offering a breakfast menu and afternoon tea. The refurbished nature trail is now open and our new garden should be ready in a few weeks! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further updates.

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

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providing training and education in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities in Harrogate and the surrounding district.
Horticap2 days ago
As an independent registered charity, donations are vital to allow us to support our adult students with learning and other disabilities. A legacy from you, no matter how modest, would be a great way of helping us continue our work. https://www.horticap.org/ways-to-support-us #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #ruralskills #learningdisabilties #charitytuesday
Horticap3 days ago
It's the Harrogate Flower Show this weekend at Newby Hall & Gardens. 🌸 Do come along to our stand and say hi. Weather's looking promising! I wonder if we'll have royal visitors this time? https://www.flowershow.org.uk/show-information #AutumnFlowerShow #charity #flowershow #NewbyHall #Ripon #Harrogate
Horticap3 days ago
Our Nature Trail is pushchair friendly, so if you're looking for a free activity for a little one, come to Horticap. They could have an ice cream at Hopkins afterwards and if they've been really good, a small treat from the shop. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #naturetrail #cafe #shop #gardencentrw #freekidsactivites
Horticap5 days ago
While away some time at Horticap. Relax & enjoy super food at Hopkins Café, pick out a few plants from the garden centre, browse the gift shop, and take a turn around our nature trail. Perfect! www.horticap.org #charity #Harrogate #gardencentre #cafe #giftshop #naturetrail
Horticap7 days ago
Summer is on the wane and our feathered friends appreciate food when it's colder. We sell a super range of feeders and food. www.horticap.org #charity #giftshop #gardencentre #birdfeeders #birdfood
Horticap1 week ago
We love this power pose by Simon, who was getting ready to start laying our garden path. It's going to be fab when it's done! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #learningdisabilities #gardencentre #naturetrail #cafe #giftshop