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.

Hopkins patio
Garden Centre Glasshouse
Horticap shop
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If you are visiting the site, please follow our safety guidance and use the hand sanitiser provided and wear a face covering, unless exempt. This is to protect everyone, and especially our more vulnerable students.

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.
Horticap1 day ago
Pavilions of Harrogate
At the Harrogate Business Excellence Awards. 🤞🏻
Horticap2 days ago
It's all about Team Work at Horticap! Our old planters needing sorting out, so Alex cleaned them out and chose new plants to brighten them up. Erica's team planted them and Timothy is keeping them well watered! Great job everyone! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #gardencentre
Horticap2 days ago
We're so proud of our students, who've sewn the seeds, prepared the ground and planted up the sweetcorn and pumpkin! Our veg patch is coming on a treat! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #training #learningdisabilities #homegrown
Horticap2 days ago
A big thank you to Maria and her team for raising over £1000 for Horticap. The Italian community of Harrogate and surrounding areas get together to raise money each year with raffles, prizes and lots of amazing Italian food and wine to buy.
Siete persone meravigliose, grazie
Horticap3 days ago
Pop into our shop to see the lovely range of student-made and recycled items for sale. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #gardencentre #giftshop #cafe #naturetrail #learningdisabilities
Horticap3 days ago
Josh is displaying our hardy dwarf fig, Paul is keen to show you the dwarf raspberries and Wayne has been potting off the last of the bedding plants, along with volunteer Margaret. We've got lots of wonderful plants for sale in our greenhouse! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #gardencentre #horticulture #dwarffig #dwarfraspberry #beddingplants
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