We had a wonderful weekend as part of the Climate Action Festival – Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC)

Trowels and Tribulation podcast panel

The Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition is an independent collaborative group of businesses, public sector organisations, and voluntary groups which promotes and supports greenhouse gas reduction activities throughout the Harrogate District.

We wanted to promote Horticap’s green credentials and show that going “green” doesn’t just make sense for the planet, it can reduce your bills, as it’s done for ours. At Horticap, we have a wind turbine, 60 solar panels, air source heater, and water tanks.


At our event, visitors could make willow wreaths, paint pebbles, observe artisan mask makers creating traditional, Commedia dell’Arte masks out of natural materials, wander around our nature trail, and attend talks by organisations such as the Pinewoods Conservation Group. Horticap also had a stand with a quiz for kids and our amazing Hopkins café was busy as always. We were also joined by the podcaster behind “Trowels and Tribulations” talking about green issues and how nature will help us all.

Pebble painting

We had stands from Shipley College offering horticulture and environmental courses. Full Circle Funerals brought their electric hearse and cardboard casket to demonstrate that you can have a carbon-zero funeral.

Full Circle Funerals electric hearse and cardboard coffin

We’d like to thank the following organisations for being involved in our event:

Cone Exchange, who sold poppies made from recycled materials

Maskit handmade masks

Harrogate Electric Bikes

HDBAG Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group

Pinewoods Conservation Group

Essential Needs reusing old furniture

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

World Wide Fund for Nature

Tailors Gin using Horticap Rhubarb

Full Circle Funerals

Shipley College

Bio D cleaning products (donated 12 bottles of washing up liquid and fabric conditioner)

Student Jack having a rest.

Horticap’s Operations Manager, Phil Airey, riding an electric bike


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