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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The working day
nursery day The nursery has a busy atmosphere from the start, as often trade customers like to get their plants early. As all the workers start to arrive, by bicycle, bus, car or on foot, the tea urn is put to good use, and everyone catches up with each others’ news.

Depending on the weather and season, different types of work get underway. This may be horticultural tasks, maintenance work, dealing with customers, there is always work to be done. The telephone rings constantly. There are usually a wide variety of people coming in, customers, people with queries and wanting information, visiting social workers, people coming to give talks or run classes.


Lorries arrive to deliver plants or materials, or to collect plants purchased. Often our van has to be loaded with plants to be delivered. Perhaps people are getting into our minibus to go on an outing, or an organisation is coming to present a donation. In the winter there is always construction and repairs going on, in the summer it is mainly plant work, propagation, potting, pruning, grading, caning and typing, and of course the all-important weeding.

Volunteers may be attending a Management Meeting, or a Family Meeting, or organising a fundraising event. Letters are being typed, invoices issued, the bookkeepers are adding up figures, someone is taking messages, another person stocking up the milk. The day passes quickly, and before too long we are closing the gates, tired after another busy day at Cherry Tree Nursery.

‘It gives me motivation, a sense of worth and self-respect, being part of something bigger’

‘Coming here has got rid of my fear of mental health patients. I can see that they are people just like me, and it’s only the media that creates the fears’



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