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.
Mandycanudigit21 hours ago
Horticap Perennial - Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society
Michelle Jayne
Michelle Jayne24 hours ago
We had a lovely visit this morning, the weather didn't stop us 😁☔🦆. And we had a lovely drink and teacake in the cake 👌
Horticap1 day ago
We've got an exciting weekend lined up in support of COP26. We've got activities suitable for all ages and they're all free. Come along between 10am and 4pm Saturday or Sunday. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #COP26 #charity #cafe #gardencentre #horticulture #sustainability
Horticap2 days ago
Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition
These are some of the talks that are taking place at Horticap this weekend. Please come along , its all free
All we be recorded for the podcast "Trowels and Tribulations"
Saturday 23rd 2pm
The business of Recycling
Neil Hind Chris Powell Sam Glassup
(NHS) (Cone Exchange) (Legal and General)
Sunday 24th 11 am
Open Green Spaces
Paul Cook Faith Douglas Neil Hind
(RHS) (Thorpe Perrow) (Pinewoods)

Gardening with benefits
Lisa Norton Faith Douglas Sue Wood
(biophilic design) (Forest Bathing) (Gardening Geek)
Horticap4 days ago
Hope you’ll come along to our event!
Horticap6 days ago
On the 23rd to the 24th of October, Horticap is hosting a fringe event, which is part of the Harrogate Climate Action Festival (CAFé) . Trowels and Tribulations podcast will be there with various speakers from the RHS, Cone exchange and Thorpe Perrow. Willow weaving and stone painting workshops and groups promoting recycling, wildlife and the environment. We also have electric cars and bikes to check out. Hopkins@Horticap will be serving up some foraging treats. It's a free event, so tell your friends and family to come along.