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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Local connections
We greatly value our role in the local community and the amazing support we gain from local people and organisations. It is wonderful how many local individuals, groups, clubs, religious organisations and businesses help us in different ways, by promoting us and advertising events, by donating goods or services, by holding collections. We in turn try to play an active and worthwhile role in the community.

We particularly need to emphasise the good working relationship we have with the local council, in particular the Parks and Leisure Services. Cherry Tree nursery is located in, and part of, the Local Nature Reserve, a Green Flag Award winner, and a haven for wildlife. The local reserve wardens work closely with us, come to our special events and organise walks or work experience for our volunteers. They give us a stall at the annual Stour Valley Festival, when we open the nursery for the whole weekend and hold children’s events. Bournemouth Borough Council is our landlord and we depend on their goodwill.

‘It’s a sanctuary here, and also a step back into the world. I feel safe here and there is no judging’

We give talks to local groups, and invite them to visit the nursery for a guided tour and cup of tea. Schools come for educational events. Our Function Room is available for hire, and is in constant use, whether for our own courses, classes, talks, meetings and presentations, or when in use by local organisations such as our neighbours the Stour Valley Residents’ Association or the Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust or even sometimes by national bodies like the Institute of Horticulture.

‘We are a very caring community here. We appreciate that we all have something to offer’


Our volunteers enjoy a programme of horticultural courses during the winter run by the remarkable Diana Guy. Similar very popular courses for the general public are also held here, with the twin aims of funding our volunteers’ courses and of finding new friends and customers. Subjects taught have included organic gardening, creating a cottage garden, the garden in winter, herbs and gardening for sustainability. Please get in touch if you are interested.

We hope that by keeping a high profile locally, and by inviting the local community to come in and visit us, not only for our special Plant Sales and green events such as the Plant Exchange, but also on a daily basis for a hot drink in our shop and to look at our plants, we may be able to:

* enable our volunteers to regain their place within the local community
* help counter the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness
* help encourage people to be more aware of the environment, ecology and sustainability
* contribute to the greening of the local area by selling plants
* make new friends
* ensure the future survival of our project
* provide interest locally, encouraging new ideas
* become a valuable community resource
* encourage education about mental health and the living planet
* provide a centre to encourage development of community
* and make a worthwhile contribution to the local area and the people living there


‘It’s wonderful to be involved in such a successful project and feel part of a team’




The Community Programme

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