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; in addition our garden, wildlife area and shop are open to the public every day from 10am until 4pm (the tearoom is open until 3.30pm).


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 week ago
We have a U3A Plant and Photography Exhibition being held in the room next to the cafe. It has a range of framed photographs and prints on display. If you buy a print, 20 % goes to Horticap. They are being showcased until the 31st of May.
Horticap2 weeks ago
Timothy has been doing a brilliant job of adding the lining and preparing the Summer hanging basket orders. Please note the deadline has now passed for the Summer basket orders, but we are still taking orders for Autumn hanging baskets. #Horticap #Spring #flowers #studentatwork
Horticap2 weeks ago
Nicky Tudor
Nicky Tudor3 weeks ago
Compo and Nora Batty are so happy to be back at Horticap after their outing to Harrogate Spring Flower Show last week!
Horticap3 weeks ago
Thank you to Johnson's of Whixley 🙌🌲🌳🌾
Horticap4 weeks ago
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