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.
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Our Shop Student of the Month for August is Alicia! Alicia is one of our newer students but she’s made
such a positive impact on Horticap, particularly with her time in the shop. She’s a whiz with all tasks from pricing stock to serving customers, and a real asset to have as part of our team. Well done Alicia! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #studentofthemonth #gardencentre #shop #learningdisabilities
Horticap6 days ago
Attract butterflies and bees to your garden or patio with a Dwarf Buddleja. Victoria says they're perfect for pots! Available now. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #gardencentre #buddleja #dwarfbuddleja #buddleia #horticulture #insectattractingplant
Horticap1 week ago
We now sell even more of our own and local fruit & veg at Hopkins, plus a super selection of baked goods from Harrogate's own Avenue Bakery! Stock up and help to support Horticap. www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #hopkins #cafe #freshfruit #freshvegetables #freshbread
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When all the contract jobs are completed, the students start sprucing up the Horticap site! Great job, everyone! www.horticap.org #Harrogate #charity #horticulture #learningdisabilities #training
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Leeds Autism Services1 week ago
David loves going to Horticap, this week he learned how to use the pressure washer to clean up the garden paths and remove the weeds, he was also chuffed to be able to give Thomas a fresh coat of paint. We think he's done a grand job! After all that hard work, what better way to relax than a bounce on the trampoline 🌿💦🖌️ 🚂🧑‍🌾 #autism #horticultural #skills #training
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