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.

Our new café is now open serving a tasty selection of cakes and treats, along with tea and barista coffee. Very shortly we’ll be offering a full café menu. The garden and nature trail are coming along well and should be ready soon! 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.
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Andreea Karina1 day ago
A VERY special THANK YOU to Horticap for supplying us with the sacks for our sack race competition!
Horticap2 days ago
Pop in tomorrow and pick up a last-minute Father’s Day gift from Reet Yorkshire Foods. Packed full of flavour! https://j.mp/3pdRNto #Harrogate #hopkinsathorticap #charity #cafe
Horticap3 days ago
Whipped or pouring? 🍓 Strawberries and cream now being served at Hopkins @ Horticap. We're open from 9am to 4.30pm today and 10am to 4pm tomorrow. 🍓 www.horticap.org #Harrogate #cafe #charity #strawberriesandcream
Horticap4 days ago
A huge thank you to those who've visited Hopkins @ Horticap and for the super feedback! It's been wonderful to welcome you. We're open Mon to Sat 9am-4.30pm & Sun 10am-4pm. www.horticap.org #charity #cafe #learningdisabilities #horticulture #gardencentre #Harrogate
Horticap5 days ago
It's 'Plant of the Week' time and we've chosen osteospermum. We love the colourful, long-lasting blooms, and they're pretty easy to care for. Pop in and see our selection. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #gardencentre #osteospermum #charity #learningdisabilities #horticulture
Horticap5 days ago
We were visited by the lovely Julia Lewis from BBC Radio York yesterday. You can hear us being interviewed about our wonderful new facilities and cafe at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09k9x9c It starts at 1 hour 21 minutes in, then again at 1.44, 2.18, 2.51, and hear student Mark's thoughts on the new cafe at 3.39! #Harrogate #gardencentre #charity #learningdisabilities #physicaldisabilities #horticulture #cafe