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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‘‘We raised money at school for Cherry Tree Nursery not knowing very much about it. After raising the money, we visited the nursery and I was taken aback by the beauty of the nursery and the warmth and friendliness of the place. After visiting Cherry Tree Nursery, we are happy with our choice of sponsorship. It’s a truly heart-warming place.’’
(Mylo, Year 10 student at Corfe Hills School)

Through our efforts to connect our work to the work of other organisations, schools and local groups, we hope to reduce the stigma and discrimination that is so often attached to mental illness.

We are working to strengthen our presence in the community by:

1. continuing to support local events such as the Stour Valley Festival and the Big Green Fortnight

2. accommodating courses and talks for the community at the nursery

3. providing public resources relating to the areas of our work

4. holding a greater number of events for young people following our ‘potted art’ day in 2009. 


School partnerships

Over the years, we have worked with local schools through our ‘Caring for People, Caring for Plants’ education programme. Sadly, more and more children and young adults are experiencing mental health problems themselves and are increasingly likely to be in contact with people with mental health problems at home and in the community. So, we strive to increase understanding of mental illness and the benefits of growing and out-of-doors activities for the well-being of everyone and of the environment.

It has also been reported that young people are having fewer opportunities for regular contact with nature. Due to our unique location within the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, we hope to develop our environmental education programme so that we can provide opportunities for direct and creative experiences of growing and local biodiversity. 


Primary and secondary school students are already able to participate in first hand experiences of propagation and other activities which support learning within the school classroom. Cherry Tree is also supporting individual schools to enhance their own grounds, with projects ranging from the creation of wildlife gardens, to allotments and sensory trails.

In partnering with local schools, we have been overwhelmed by the support that young people have shown following their visits. Year 3 students from Muscliff Primary School designed a colourful array of information leaflets about the charity and gave helpful advice on growing plants and plant care for visitors to the nursery. Year 10 students at Corfe Hills Secondary School in Corfe Mullen generously chose to support Cherry Tree during their annual fund-raising event, by completing a mammoth 21 mile sponsored walk.

Our plans for the future
It is our hope to build an environmental education centre close to the nursery to enable us to widen the reach of our educational programme to include primary and secondary schools, special schools, youth groups and youth support centres.

The environmental education centre would take the form of a straw bale roundhouse with an attached community forest garden and sensory garden for young people and adults. The centre would also be open for community events such as local storytelling. Within this space, we would like to encourage local artists to work alongside young people and other members of the community on outdoor art projects. We hope to launch the project next year to mark Cherry Tree’s 20th birthday alongside the fund-raising for our Sustainable Buildings programme. 

‘I like to learn at Cherry Tree, because its fun’





Community outreach
letter to local schools

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