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’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year


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.
Horticap2 weeks ago
We'd like to wish you all a very healthy, happy and hopeful 2022! Our site is closed and will reopen on Tuesday, 4th January at 9am. www.horticap.org #harrogate #charity #HappyNewYear2022
Horticap3 weeks ago
Merry Christmas to all our customers and a big thank you for your support this year.

We closed Horticap to the public so we could have a safe and covid-secure Christmas meal for our students; even though we had to two sittings and one student to each table (once everyone had been tested) we still had a brilliant time. Christmas is a really important time for our students, so thank you for your patience.

Big thank you for Father Christmas and his helpers for visiting Horticap and also a big thank you to Norman the Shetland Pony for bringing some Christmas cheer. Being outside in the fresh air made it more special.

See you next year.
Horticap4 weeks ago
Today is the last day to pop down for some tea and cake, fresh veg for your Christmas dinner, fat balls for the birds, and some last-minute gifts, as we'll be closed from 5pm today until 9am on 4th January. www.horticap.org #charity #Harrogate #tearoom #Hopkins #gardencentre #giftshop #Christmas
Horticap4 weeks ago
Owing to a staff shortage, Hopkins will only be serving it's rather fabulous range of cakes and hot drinks today (Tuesday) and tomorrow. From 5pm Wednesday until 9am 4th January, the entire Horticap site will be closed. www.horticap.org #harrogate #charity #cafe #Hopkins
Horticap4 weeks ago
Thank you to all our customers. We'll be closing at 5pm on Wednesday, 22nd December and reopening on Tuesday, 4th January 2022! We hope you enjoy the holidays! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #cafe #giftshop #gardencentre #ChristmasClosing
Horticap4 weeks ago
Due to staff illness, Hopkins will only be serving drinks and cakes tomorrow and Wednesday. Apologies for any inconvenience. Www.Horticap.organisers