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Mar 16, 2020
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Belmont Grosvenor launch fundraising drive for Horticap

Pupils, staff and parents at leading Harrogate independent school Belmont Grosvenor have launched a major fundraising campaign to support popular local charity Horticap.

Eight years after raising £10,000 for the Harrogate-based horticultural charity, pupils, parents and staff at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School have decided to dig deep again to help fund a new building project at the Bluecoat Nursery site.

Thanks to Belmont Grosvenor’s fundraising back in 2012, Horticap was able to open a tea room at their Otley Road, Harrogate, premises. Now, almost a decade later, the bulldozers are on site at Horticap as building work on a new two-storey shop and tea room has started.

Belmont Grosvenor School is set in 20-acres of grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, and welcomes children from three months to 11 years.  Every year the school community picks a charity to support for the year – and for 2020 the school’s fundraising efforts will help fund Horticap’s tea room project.

Phil Airey, Operations Manager at Horticap in Harrogate, said he was delighted Belmont Grosvenor School had decided to support his charity again this year.

“Thanks to the support of the whole school community at Belmont Grosvenor our original café opened in 2012 and has been a great success. Our new building project is about replacing the old shop and café and building something five times as big. The work on site is progressing well and now BGS has got involved, we will use money raised by the school community to equip our brand new café,” said Mr Airey.

The BGS community has forged a close relationship with Horticap over the years – wreath making workshops are a regular feature in the school calendar, and this year the school launched a Christmas tree project to reuse their Horticap fir trees every year.

This week pupils at Belmont Grosvenor planted their three Horticap Christmas trees in the school’s 20-acres of grounds with the aim of digging them up in time for Christmas 2020 and re-using them in school every year to follow.

Belmont Grosvenor School Headmistress Mrs Sophia Ashworth Jones is delighted BGS has chosen Horticap as its charity for 2020 – and helped plant the fir trees in the grounds.

“Here at Belmont Grosvenor School, we are committed to sustainability and the environment. We have a prestigious Eco Schools Green Flag, which is proudly flying from out school flagpole, which recognises the environmental learning and action all our pupils and staff are involved with.

“Planting our Horticap Christmas trees, and digging them up to use again next year, is just another small way we at BGS can help reduce our impact on the environment,” she said.

“We are looking forward to continue to work closely with Horticap to raise vital funds for their building project in Harrogate. It is a charity very close to our hearts,” she said.

Added Horticap’s Mr Airey: “We are so grateful to the pupils, parents and staff at Belmont Grosvenor School – we have had a very close connection for a number of years and visiting the school every Christmas is a highlight in our calendar,” he added.

Kristin Klauser, Chair of Belmont Grosvenor School’s PTA, said the school community had a large number of events planned throughout the term to raise money for Horticap, including Easter bonnet decorating, seed planting, the summer Colour Run and the annual PTA ball.

“We are delighted to be supporting Horticap this year and hope to raise a substantial amount to support their building project,” she said.

Belmont Grosvenor School’s next OPEN MORNING is on Wednesday 6th May between 9.30 and 11.45am. For more information visit the website at:


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