Welcome to Horticap

We’re based 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. Our garden, wildlife area and shop are open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm (the tearoom is open until 3.30pm).

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.
Horticap5 days ago
It’s a soup day...Vicky and Charlotte making leek and potato with Volunteer Hazel...keeping us all warm and our tummies full 😀
Horticap4 weeks ago
Thank you everyone for making it the best Christmas ever... See you in the new year. it's going to be a very exciting 2020 ..... #newbuild #charity
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NYFRS Harrogate Fire Station
What a wonderful day we had yesterday. We delivered a free 15 ft tree with baubles. YJS Yorkshire electrics came with lights and put them up and "White watch" at the Harrogate fire service are providing up to 60 people a Christmas meal on the 25th. So if you know anybody who will be alone or isolated, on Christmas day in the Harrogate area who would benefit from what they are doing at Harrogate Fire Station then please pass this on.