With the coronavirus situation becoming more serious, Horticap is continuing to implement government advice in order to keep Students, Volunteers, and Staff who work at the nursery safe and healthy.
All of our students are now at home and we have reduced our staffing to only 4 or 5 each day who are coming in to ensure our plants remain healthy, keep up with maintenance and feed the chickens. With only a few staff on site, social distancing is not difficult with each person having their own work area.
As is sadly inevitable, our nursery, shop and tea room are closed until further notice which will result in a significant loss of income as will the cancellation of the Spring Flower Show and Great Yorkshire Show both of which were important fundraising events for Horticap. Also, our new building project which had been going so well has had to be suspended. That will of course result in a delay in completion which is very unfortunate.
This situation has had a huge impact on the way we work but our overriding aim must be to ensure that Horticap is in the best possible position to continue to help our Students when the crisis subsides.
Everyone at Horticap is immensely grateful for the many messages of support received over recent days and we will continue to keep you updated as best we can on all things Horticap. We will do this through regular messages and updates on our website and through our Social Media activity.
This is a vital time of the year for Horticap when our outgoings are high, with all stock purchased and growing on for the coming year. We hope to be able to re-open later in April to supply plants and other gardening supplies to our customers but of course that is not certain.
As a contingency, we are developing plans to establish an online and telephone ordering service with regular deliveries across the Harrogate district. This will include the delivery of hanging basket orders already made. Please bear with us as we develop those plans and we will announce further details in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, many of you have asked how you can continue to support us through these difficult times and the simplest way to do this, but only if you are able, is by making a donation.
You can do this in a number of ways including:
- Sending a cheque, made payable to Horticap, directly to us at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road, Harrogate, HG3 1QL.
- Online through the secure Horticap Just Giving page which can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/horticap
- By calling us on 01423 522876 to arrange to make a credit card donation or set up a regular donation via your bank. Please note that we may have to call you back to make a credit card donation.
And remember, UK tax payers can use Gift Aid to boost any donations without any cost to themselves.
Your continued support for Horticap is very much appreciated and any donations will be used to benefit our Students and to ensure that Horticap remains at the centre of the community for many years to come as it has done for the last 35 years.