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Horticap is an unique garden nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside providing a special visitor experience as well as training and education in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities.
They also welcome school groups to activity days based on the KS1, KS2 and KS3 curriculum.
We wanted a project that would benefit the Charity using the expertise within our organisation, including people development, marketing, a new website and new signage. Kelly Purkis from our support services team has been running Horticap’s Facebook campaign since the start of the project. Kelly has introduced us to many students via her regular ‘Meet The Students’ feature below. These have provoked a great deal of interest among friends and have been greatly enjoyed by the students.
We would like to introduce you to Dan. Dan has recently re-joined Horticap after attending college in York and comes every Monday and Friday. Dan has done just about every job at Horticap but really enjoys going out in the van and helping with contract jobs. Dan is an avid football fan and enjoys playing and watching his favourite team Man United #meetthestudents
When we started working with Horticap they had around 50 followers and have now reached over 1,000 followers!
We have produced some new signs at the entrance to Horticap to encourage customers to visit the garden and shop.
Special tree shaped boards provide information around the garden, they also include comments from some of the students.
We have created a brand new contemporary website that is informative and easy to update.
We helped Horticap to launch their @30 campaign to raise money for their 30th birthday. Kelly from our Support Services team made 30 cupcakes to sell and raise money. Horticap’s 30th birthday party took place in July 2014, attended by a few of the Blue Water team and their partners. It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all.
Visitors can now purchase a passport which will take them around the garden with a prize for all correct entries.
The students were asked what they would like for a mascot, they came up with Dandy-Lion, a welcome feature around the garden, and on various stationary items including the passport and seed packets.