Cherry Tree Nursery Early Autumn News



  1. Cherry Tree Nursery Early Autumn News

We would like to thank everybody who has supported us over the spring and summer, and all the people who came to our very successful September Plant Sale. We still have lots of plants with colourful flowers available, as well as autumn bedding, and bulbs which have been very popular this year.Our summer weekend opening times (9 to 3 on Saturdays and 10 to 3 on Sundays) continue until the end of October. After that we will be closed on Sundays and open from 9 until 1 on Saturdays. Next year’s plant sales will be on 25th March, 1st July and 9th September.
Our next event is One World Week, from 10th to 14th October, when the shop will be filled with goods from Traidcraft for you to enjoy, as well as all our usual products, and extra craft items hand-knitted and sewn by the Cherry Tree volunteers and friends.There will be three days of films and speakers this year. You can find the programme here.

There is now an opportunity to vote at your local branch of Tesco for the winning project in the Bags of Help scheme which is distributing funds raised through the sale of carrier bags. You can vote from 31st October for 2 weeks in the Tesco Muscliff Express and Northbourne Express. One of the shortlisted projects is the Gateway Project proposed by the Stour Valley Supporters and Cherry Tree Nursery. This aims to create new nature trails in the woodlands, meadows and riverbank between Kingfisher Barn and Cherry Tree, and to provide information about plants and mental health. Cherry Tree may get its own naturalistic wooden sculpture!

We know many of you donate to Cherry Tree anonymously, and we never get the chance to thank you. To all of you invaluable anonymous donors, one of our volunteers sends this heartfelt message which speaks for all of us:

Thank you to all our Anonymous Donors

29 September 2016

Dear Anonymous Donors

On behalf of everyone at Cherry Tree Nursery, we would like to thank all our anonymous friends and supporters who donate to our charity and do not receive an acknowledgment letter; we want to thank you all for your very kind donations.  We really do appreciate the fact that you have thought of us in this way.

Please know that you are making a difference to people’s lives for the better.  Our charity has been in existence for 26 years now, so we must be doing something right.  We feel people in the wider community recognise this fact, which is a good enough reason to support us should you choose to do so.

Life for me before Cherry Tree Nursery was bleak to say the least, full of despair, anxiety and depression.  When things got tough, I had always been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This time was different.  The light was no longer there.  This revelation scared me.  I was on the edge of a precipice.  I could no longer see anything ahead of me, only darkness.

Darkness was a familiar friend I did not invite into my life.  I had always surfaced back up to the light, but not this time.  I was on the verge of ending my life, a life that had only known suffering at the hands of others.  A life half-lived is how I look back on it, sad but true.

I grew up with no sense of self.  I did not know who I was, just a bundle of emotion and anger mainly, not knowing when the lid was going to blow off the pressure cooker.  I did not want to be that person any more.  I made an appointment to see my doctor because I knew I was not coping, I had reached the end of the road.

My doctor at the time referred me to Cherry Tree Nursery.  I started there the next week as a volunteer and I have never looked back.  I have learnt to propagate, weed and feed plants, prune and pot on plants to larger size pots.  Over time I began to relax and feel more at peace within myself.  I have made many new friends and have a social life, my life is much richer than it was and I have Cherry Tree to thank for that.

Cherry Tree Nursery has completely changed my life for the better.  I have two beautiful granddaughters and they are the light within my life.  Being a volunteer at Cherry Tree Nursery is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Thank you, Jess, for believing in me when I did not have the strength or inclination to believe in myself.

Yours sincerely

Eileen Foley

Young Memories of an Old Fisherman




From 4Dorset October 2016, page 17


Young Memories of an Old Fisherman

By Trevor Randall, Cherry Tree Propagator

Trevor shares these memories with us in recognition of the work Cherry Tree volunteers have been doing with the Stour Valley wardens and the wildlife walks they share together. 

There used to be a lovely island full of wildlife on the River Stour between Cherry Tree and Redhill. The channel on either side of the island was very deep, but so narrow I can remember people putting a scaffolding plank down to walk across from the riverbank.

There were a few trees on the island, and the river alongside it was always full of massive silvery shoals of roach with orange-red fins, weighing up to 3 lbs each. There were some huge pike and I once watched one of them pull a full-sized mallard duck under the water!

At the top end of the island was a very deep hole where I used to fish with my friend Alan, using my grandfather’s old wooden sea rod, and wooden centre-pin reel. Every so often I used to hook the same old eel – I could only get his head above the water before he would shake the rod and break the line, even though I used the very strongest fishing line I could find. Alan and I hooked him many times, but he always got away.

There were many birds on the island, and it was especially good for different types of warbler. Two great crested grebes used to nest in the rushes, and I have to say their courtship in ritual formation was truly spectacular.

Later on, down past the island, they changed the course of the river. But there are still a few trees in the field as you look down towards Redhill which used to be along the bank of the river when it ran alongside Redhill caravan park. The river is far away now, and the island no longer exists.

Click here to see map: trevors-stour-valley-map-centred

Cherry Tree Nursery, off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne.


Open 8 to 3.30 weekdays, 9 to 3 Saturdays, 10 to 3 Sundays.




14368917_1773522209603476_5883872730094741523_nSacred Stone Camp, Standing rock by Dine artist Monty Singer painted on the South side of the Cannonball river on 18th September 2016



THEME FOR 2016: “Man did not weave the web of life – he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” – attributed to Chief Seattle, 1854

MON 10th to Friday 14th OCTOBER 2016

Traidcraft items, local goods, Cherry Tree volunteers’ knitting and sewing, all for sale in the shop all week. Special promotions and many extra local, fairly and ethically traded goods available. “Well worth coming just for the shopping!”


We have a shorter programme than usual this year, but hope you will be motivated to attend.


11.00 to 12.30: True Costs: film about sweat shops and production for the clothing industry

1.30 to 3.00: Refugees. Presentation by Irwin Buchanan, head of the Bournemouth-based International Care Network which has been welcoming and settling refugees in this area for 15 years.


11.00 to 12.30: No to the Dakota Access Pipeline – the remarkable resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux which has “united the tribes for the first time since Little Bighorn!”

pey1.30 to 3.00: Film: The Last Peyote Guardians, about the Huichol of Mexico and their annual pilgrimage.


11.00 to 1.30: ‘Moving Beyond Emergency Water Aid’ – presentation by Anna Sowter PhD




Entrance and parking are free.

Toilets and light refreshments available. No hot drinks in the film and presentation room.

Cherry Tree volunteers create sonic maps




From Bournemouth Echo 23/09/2016

A SPECTACULAR series of outdoor events are taking place in Dorset as part of the Inside Out Festival.

Theatre companies, circus performers and artists have created extraordinary installations and performances for some of the county’s extraordinary places, alongside a family-friendly programme of events for the Inside Out Festival. Eight artists and companies have been commissioned to create work for Hengistbury Headlines, an installation and performance trail through the nature reserve at Hengistbury Head, a haven for wildlife, home to over 500 plant species and 300 types of birds.

The artists have rooted their work in this important conservation site to explore the effects of climate change. Visitors will be able to wander through the landscape of the nature reserve, including areas normally closed to the public, and discover these new artworks one by one.

Sound artist Jane Pitt will be working with people from Cherry Tree Nursery to create sonic maps as part of the Fl-utter-ances project. Cherry Tree is a charity based on horticulture aiming to restore well-being to people with mental illness. Participants will join Jane at Hengistbury Head for a ‘sonic stroll’ – a quiet and thoughtful listening walk.

The walkers will then create sonic maps, which will be displayed in an exhibition at the Visitor Centre at Hengistbury Head in October.




Outreach programme manager Inside Out Dorset, Wendy Petitdemange said: “Inside Out takes extraordinary events to some of Dorset’s amazing outdoor places, and it’s wonderful that we have the opportunity to engage all sorts of community groups in the events.” She added: “Taking time to listen to natural sounds can create a moment for reflection and peace and we’re very fortunate to have Jane Pitt to take us on her listening walks.”

Sound artist Jane Pitt said: “By sharing my practice with people from Cherry Tree Nursery, we’ve created art works resulting from the unique Hengistbury soundscape; a combination of landscape, weather, human and wildlife as experienced during our walks together. “Through the experience, we’ve developed a heightened awareness of the environment there, its daily and seasonal changes, our sensory perception and sound memory. Using deep listening as a way of being in and responding to our environment has enabled a focus and a sense of well-being in the moment.”




Fl-utter-ances is one of a series of community events as part of Inside Out Dorset – a biennial festival with theatre companies.

Cherry Tree Nursery News September 2016


Cherry Tree Nursery
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Dear Friends and Supporters of Cherry Tree

Now the summer is coming to an end, it won’t be long until our last Plant Sale of the Year on Saturday 17th September from 8 am to 3 pm. We hope many of you will be able to join us – there are always some exceptional bargains at this particular sale, and it is a good opportunity to fill up any spaces in your garden before the winter.

We will have not-to-be-missed live music from the Daisie Ukuladies at 11.00 and the Darwins at 1.00, as well as our own Propagators, and there will be hot food courtesy of the Rotary Club of Westbourne. As usual we will have an interesting variety of stalls and information stands with local produce and crafts from around the world. The Cherry Tree knitting and sewing group will be back with their home-made products and their new venture of home-made sweets. Free tea and coffee will be available, along with the two tombolas and a raffle.

There will be no bric-a-brac this year, but volunteers are hoping some of you may be able to contribute some good quality second-hand books and DVDs for our very popular bookstall. Our home-made cake stall is so popular now that we ran out by 10.30 am at our last sale, so if anyone enjoys baking sweet or savoury items they would be extremely welcome!

Volunteer News

Cherry Tree volunteers always enjoy some welcome days out after all the hard work of the horticultural season. As well as their annual outing – this year, thanks to the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North, a coach trip to Pecorama gardens and model railway – they have been on boat trips with Friends of the Dolphin and Knoticat, had a day at the beach, and visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A group are going on the annual caravan holiday; this year they have chosen to return to Weymouth. Now they are signing up for courses and planning activities for the autumn.

Sensory Gardens

Volunteers in the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve
We are fortunate to be working closely with the local wildlife and conservation areas at the Stour Valley and Hengistbury Head, where volunteers have guided walks and join in the work of the wildlife gardens. As part of this, they have been involved in Fl-utter-ances, an arts project which will be on display at Hengistbury Head in October. This is to do with listening and mapping the sounds that you hear, and has renewed our interest in sensory gardening.

Following volunteers’ work on the sounds plants can make, they are putting together displays and information on plants to stimulate all the senses. We have had many visits from schools and care homes wanting to set up sensory gardens, so we know this will be of interest to many of you. We have also been featuring plants for sun and shade, and prairie planting.

Nursery News

As a new venture for this autumn, we will be selling bulbs. We hope we have put together an interesting selection, and at only £1 a bag, we hope you will be able to have a bit of fun planting them this autumn!

As more and more members of the community have their lives touched by mental illness, we know that our project is more necessary than ever.

Please tell your friends and neighbours about our plant sale

We wish you all well, and hope to see you before too long


Being a Volunteer at Cherry Tree: You give back what you take out


From the September issue of 4DORSET


MAGS4DORSET’s Charity of the Year

Cherry Tree Nursery

The Perks of being a Volunteer




Cherry Tree Nursery is the Bournemouth-based project of the registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project

It is unique among work rehabilitation projects for people with mental illness in that it addresses the whole person, all aspects of their lives.

From the beginning, a unique part of our service was the provision of specialist disability rights advice. Originally this was mainly about benefits, but it now covers a much wider range, especially housing and debt. When required, volunteers are accompanied to appointments, and given help with filling in forms.

Other basic provision on offer is support with English, Maths and basic understanding of computers, all in the form of weekly classes. Other classes provided are Healthy Eating, Cooking on a Budget, Food and Health, along with one-off sessions on Money Management, Dealing with Debt, aspects of horticulture, and even making marmalade and chutney.

Events around food are especially popular, especially the occasional hot soup lunches in winter. There is also the birthday party, the summer barbecue, the Christmas party and one-off events for special occasions. At the end of October we have the Day of Celebration and Remembering, when, with shared memories and a colourful feast, we remember and celebrate those we have lost.

Thanks to Bournemouth Borough Council, volunteers have regular visits to Hengistbury Head and the Stour Valley, where they have wildlife walks and an opportunity to participate in the wildlife gardens, and share ideas from our own pond area.

Regular outings are available for those who wish to participate, and provide a further opportunity to develop social networks and visit new places. There is an annual outing to a local garden, a selection of boat trips, walks in the New Forest, the Slades Farm community garden, the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and a huge variety of places have been visited over the years. There is also the opportunity to join in local events, such as the Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Show.

The wider world comes to Cherry Tree not only through the regular visitors we have from Bolivia bringing news of the volunteers’ water projects, but also through all the speakers and films we have during One World Week, like the Tibetan monks who helped celebrate our 25th anniversary.

We all hope that by opening up so much of the world, volunteers may have the chance of experiencing more fulfilled and meaningful lives.


The Nursery’s final plant sale of the year takes place on Saturday 17th September. Everyone is very welcome. Open 8am to 3.30 pm Mon – Fri, 9 to 3 Sat, 10 to 3 Sun        01202-593537

The Artist

oscar wilde art

ONE evening there came into his soul the desire to fashion an image of The Pleasure that Abideth for a Moment. And he went forth into the world to look for bronze. For he could think only in bronze.

But all the bronze of the whole world had disappeared, nor anywhere in the whole world was there any bronze to be found, save only the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that Endureth For Ever.

Now this image he had himself, and with his own hands, fashioned, and had set it on the tomb of the one thing he had loved in life. On the tomb of the dead thing he had most loved had he set this image of his own fashioning, that it might serve as a sign of the love of man that dieth not, and a symbol of the sorrow of man that endureth for ever. And in the whole world there was no other bronze save the bronze of this image.

And he took the image he had fashioned, and set it in a great furnace, and gave it to the fire.

And out of the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that Endureth For Ever he fashioned an image of The Pleasure that Abideth for a Moment.

Oscar Wilde