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).


From Monday 4th March 2019 until Monday 18th March 2019, Otley Road will be closed to traffic for resurfacing between 9:30am and 3:30pm; however, HORTICAP WILL REMAIN OPEN. The contractors have advised they will escort our students, customers and volunteers to and from Horticap between those hours. So, there may be a delay in getting to us, but we’d still like to see you.

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.
Horticap22 hours ago
Getting ready for Mother’s Day 😀💕💕
Aimee Bear
Aimee Bear1 day ago

Thank you for a lovely coffee and making lots of lovely plants for us to buy. Had a really relaxing visit with my Mum. Xxx
Horticap2 days ago
Horticap on Radio York talking about the disruption we have had the last 3 weeks. A big thank you to everyone who has supported us and for the donations. Soon back to normal. See you soon
Horticap3 days ago
Roadworks are still having a massive impact on our charity. Thank you to Radio York for coming down and highlighting the problem that we and everyone in Harrogate are facing.
Horticap1 week ago
Much-loved Harrogate charity Horticap is urging residents to continue to visit their shop and tea room on Otley Road, after receiving just £3 in takings in one day amid the neighbouring roadworks
Horticap2 weeks ago
Fraser has been busy sorting out the labels for our summer bedding...and Simon has been potting them on..it won’t be long until our greenhouses are full of colour again!