Cherry Tree Nursery

A charity based on horticulture providing meaningful occupation in a supportive
environment, aiming to restore well-being to people with mental illness.
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Monday to Friday (all year)
8.00am to 3.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays

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‘What life have you if you have not life together? There is not life that is not life in community’ TS Eliot

When life was simpler and less pressurised people had a sense of being part of a community, a group of people who looked out for each other, and who worked together.  They had a sense of belonging and a sense of co-operative working, of collective living.

In the modern world this sense of community has often broken down, leaving people isolated and lonely.  This is why ‘Care in the Community’ doesn’t always work - often there is no community any more.

The most important aspect of Cherry Tree is that it offers people a community again.  Within a supportive family atmosphere people can learn to care for each other and look after each other.  Together they can be strong.

This is why we believe there should be a project like Cherry Tree in every area.

Spreading public awareness

Far too often the mentally ill become excluded by society, the neglected, forgotten and dispossessed. Very sadly some elements of the media have fostered a negative image of mental illness, encouraging fear and misunderstanding. In fact it is very unusual for people with mental illness to harm others, they are  many times more likely to harm themselves.

A vital part of Cherry Tree’s work is to increase public understanding of mental illness, and to counter the widespread stigma and discrimination still suffered by many people with mental health issues. Nothing does this better than visiting the nursery and experiencing the happy loving atmosphere, and discovering that it is impossible to tell who is ill and who is not.



It is therefore essential for Cherry Tree to maintain a high profile in the local community and with the local media. Talks are given to local groups and organisations, who are also invited to visit the nursery. Our work with local schools is an integral part of this.

We have recently constructed an information centre with displays and leaflets, where people can find more information on our work, on mental illness and support services, on help available for carers, and of course on the plants we grow. Now that one person in four experiences a mental health problem, most people’s lives will have been touched in some way by this, and the availability of information is crucial.

‘I have a purpose to my life now. I love getting up and going to work. I look forward to being given jobs to do. I love the variety and it feels good doing something helpful. It is a huge boost to me that I am being given some responsibility, which is starting to build my self-worth’




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Cherry Tree Nursery
Off New Road Roundabout
Northbourne, Bournemouth
Dorset, BH10 7DA
Tel: 01202-593537
Registered Charity No 900325
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