£10,000 gift helps Horticap build a brighter future

By Chief Reporter Michael Molcher

AS PART of their centenary celebrations, the Rotary Clubs of Harrogate, Harrogate Brigantes and Knaresborough have made a donation of 10,000 to Horticap, which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year.

The money will go towards the construction of a new educational building, being built as part of the celebratations for Horticap’s anniversary.

The three presidents – Mervyn Darby from Harrogate, David Russell from Harrogate Brigantes and Derek Facey from Knaresborough – met John Batchelor of CK Batchelor Ltd, which has been awarded the contract, to inspect the work in progress. They were joined by Ian Bradbury, Horticap’s manager, Adrian Jackson, architect and other members of Horticap’s board.

Chairman of Horticap’s Board, Dr Alisdair Stewart, said: “We are now half way to our target and the building work has started but there is still a long way to go. This magnificent gift is a great boost for us.”

Mervyn Darby said that the Rotary Club of Harrogate was delighted to combine with Harrogate Brigantes and Knaresborough Rotary Clubs to support the project in what is an anniversary year for both organisations.

He said thought that although Horticap seems to have a fairly low profile in Harrogate it obviously “catches a beam of sunlight in other people’s eyes” as proven last year when they won the European Entente Florale Trophy for Therapy through Horticulture. “It is a joy to visit,” he said “and I can only urge everyone to come up to buy their plants, hanging baskets, browse in the shop or just sit in the peaceful garden.”

Horticap’s Calendar of Events continues with an Art Show at the Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street from June 16 to 18, 10am to 4pm where many well-known artists are exhibiting.

Refreshments will be served on the Friday and Saturday. On July 10 there is a concert at Harrogate Ladies College at 7.30pm when The Big Red Band will play a varied selection of music to suit all tastes.

Tickets for this event are on sale now at Pomp & Circumstance in Commercial Street and are also available from Horticap. Future events include a Tango Master Class and Dance, a Celebrity Cricket Match, Gardeners’ Questions and lunch with Alan Titchmarsh.

Details for all events can be obtained from Horticap at Bluecoat Wood Nurseries, Otley Road between 10am and 4pm every day.