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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Why we survive
It is not easy for charities to survive these days. During the last 20 years we have seen very many mental health projects and therapeutic horticulture projects being forced to close due to cuts in funding or support. As a now well-established project, many people come to us for advice on how to survive, and we see helping other projects to set up and keep going as an essential part of our role.

shop open We believe we are still here because we are both commercial and independent. Half of our running costs are covered by our plant sales, which gains us respect for trying to be as self-sufficient as we can, and gives us a good foundation to work from. We supply over 400 trade customers every year with high quality plants (not in yoghurt pots!).

Because we are independent, we can offer what our volunteers need, and do not have to change in response to every new government policy. If we identify a need, it is up to us to be creative in devising a way to fund it. This gives us more flexibility, great motivation and, when successful, gives everyone an enormous sense of achievement. For example, when we wanted flush toilets, we worked very hard to raise the money, did as much of the work as possible ourselves, and celebrated when we achieved what we needed.


There are many types of horticultural project; some are mainly for training, others primarily offer therapy. Cherry Tree has remained a meaningful, realistic work project. This means that every volunteer knows that the work they do helps the project to survive and grow, and their self-esteem can grow with it. We are in charge of our own destiny, and we have made a commitment to survive.

Cherry Tree above all survives on goodwill. It is the love and support we receive that has kept us going, the hard work and dedication of many.

Over the years Cherry Tree Nursery has won many awards for its work, including the:
Allsebrook Training Award
Beacon Community Builder Award
East Dorset District Council Community Service Award
Health Alliance Award
Mayor of Bournemouth Volunteer Group of the Year Award
Nationwide Award for Voluntary Endeavour
Ellingham show Nurseries Cup 8 times, latest 2010
Bournemouth in Bloom ‘Improved Horticultural Project’ 2008/9/10 
Rotary Club of Bournemouth North Community Service Award ‘in recognition of services to the local community’
Runner-up for the GlaxoSmithKline 7th annual Impact Awards
Schizophrenia Reintegration Award
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award
Dorset Charity of the Year
  Wessex Charity of the Year  

In 2003 Cherry Tree Nursery won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community. This was presented to a large group of volunteers by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Captain Michael Fulford-Dobson, CVO, OBE, at his home in Cerne Abbas. This presentation was followed by an invitation to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace Gardens!

In 2004 Cherry Tree was the overall national winner of the Schizophrenia Reintegration Award ‘for outstanding achievement in helping people with schizophrenia reintegrate into society and move their lives forward’. Volunteers received this award at Claridges Hotel!

In December 2009, the charity SWOP was chosen as Dorset Charity of the Year 2010 at the Dorset Business Awards, following this in September 2010 by being awarded Wessex Charity of the Year at the Wessex Charity Awards annual gala event in Winchester.

We are part of the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve, which received the Green Flag Award in 2007/8/9/10.


‘This project can never close. I couldn’t cope if it closed’

‘For me, a life without Cherry Tree is a life not worth living’





Beacon Prize 2006
Huge achievement
Lilly award

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