Student and Volunteer Information

Student Focus

When Wayne suggested that he would like to make a planter that he could garden in, the Horticap family leapt into life to make it happen! As a wheelchair user, it was essential the planter would be the perfect height for Wayne, and that he would be able to access all the planting area. His first visit was to the workshop so that he could discuss the requirements with Simon, who suggested putting the planter on wheels. Wayne was thrilled!

Working together in the workshop, Jack was happy to help Wayne build the planter to his specifications and Wayne enjoyed using the electric sander to make the sides smooth. Wayne had a great time in the workshop and showing other students what he was doing before moving onto the greenhouse to paint it.

Wayne spent several weeks painting his planter, before lining and filling it with compost. And then the best bit… choosing a lovely range of plants and bulbs to create a stunning display!

Wayne made a tool box with his name on to store his trowel and hand fork in. This was a wonderful collaboration of work skills that enabled Wayne to be supported to design and build his own planter giving him access to an activity that so many of us might take for granted. We can’t wait to see how it looks in the spring when the bulbs come through!

Prospective Student Information

Should you or someone you know be interested in becoming a student at Horticap, please click on the links below to find out more information; if you would like to apply, please complete the application form and return it to, or print, complete and post it to Horticap, Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road, Harrogate, HG3 1QL.

Prospective Volunteers

Horticap volunteers support our students in their horticultural activities. 

We are always happy to have a chat about our volunteering opportunities, which include: garden maintenance work – both on and off site; horticultural training – potting up, pricking out; craft work – woodwork, card making etc.; social skills – teamwork etc.; personal skills – numeracy, literacy, independence, awareness.

Please email if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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