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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 Our opening times are 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday

and 10.00am – 4pm Sunday

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 opening Monday, 19th July 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.
Horticap13 hours ago
Our facilities and the opportunities we provide our adult students with learning and other disabilities are possible because of our supporters! Check out the ways you can help at https://www.horticap.org/ways-to-support-us #Harrogate #charity #socialenterprise #horticulture #learningdisabilities
Hannah Rebekah Parker
Hannah Rebekah Parker2 days ago
Hopkins at Horticap
Such a good morning visiting Hopkins at Horticap! Such a great place with lovely food, welcoming environment, with a fantastic nature trail! The guys at Horticap have worked so hard and you can definitely tell! The place is looking amazing!

So nice to see Emma Dollan Bolles, Camille and Isabelle and spend a lovely lunch together 💕
Harrogate Flower Show
Harrogate Flower Show2 days ago
If you go to the flower show this autumn, you are in for a big surprise! Our friends from Horticap are bringing back some of the wonderful characters they have created for show gardens over the years in a special children's trail http://ow.ly/RxK350FDzgR
Horticap2 days ago
Thanks for all the lovely comments about our revamped nature trail! We're so glad you’re enjoying exploring! If you haven't been round yet, it's absolutely free! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #socialenterprise #naturetrail #cafe #shop #gardencentre #horticulture
Horticap3 days ago
Add pizzazz to your Shiraz and a spin to your gin by drinking them in our elegant glasses! Visit our shop to get yours. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #socialenterprise #shop #cafe #gardencentre #horticulture #hopkins #ginglasses #wineglasses
Horticap3 days ago
Add pizzazz to your Shiraz and a spin to your gin by drinking them in our elegant glasses! Visit our shop to get yours. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #socialenterprise #shop #cafe #gardencentre #horticulture #hopkins #ginglasses #wineglasses