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

How you can help Cherry Tree





Cherry Tree Nursery is the Bournemouth-based project of the registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP,) which also has a Poole-based project, Chestnut Nursery.

How you can help Cherry Tree 

As a small, local charity we are very much part of the community, while at the same time being very dependent on the goodwill and support of local people.  We only cover half our running costs through the sale of plants.  Sadly, the cost of all the services we provide means that we may never be self-sustaining.  We have around 170 people on our books, and it is for the charity part of the project that we ask for your support.  Here are some suggestions:


  • Buy your plants at Cherry Tree, and encourage your friends to do the same. The money you spend goes straight in to the work of the project.


  • Support our plant sales and put up a poster, share our Facebook posts, join our email list for updates. Many people do not know we are open every day.  Tell them!


  • Regular donations help us plan ahead; even £2 a month makes a difference. You will find details on the Donate page of our website.  Let us know if you are eligible for Gift Aid, as that will increase your donation by 25%.


  • Hold a fund-raising event such as a coffee morning, or a bake sale. These small local events help us keep going.  Could you collect some plants from us and hold a lunchtime plant sale where you work?


  • Remember us in your will. Legacies are one of the main sources of funding for many charities.


  • Be aware of mental health issues, and do what you can to counter any discrimination you come across.


Cherry Tree is in itself a community, but it also provides a service for the community and is in turn supported by the community.  Thank you for making our work, “caring for people, caring for plants,” possible.


Cherry Tree Nursery can be found off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne.

Open 8am to 3.30pm weekdays, 9am to 3pm Saturdays, 10am to 3pm Sundays

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Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

lchilde's pilgrimage

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean–roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin–his control
Stops with the shore;–upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown.

His steps are not upon thy paths,–thy fields
Are not a spoil for him,–thou dost arise
And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields
For earth’s destruction thou dost all despise,
Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
And send’st him, shivering in thy playful spray
And howling, to his gods, where haply lies
His petty hope in some near port or bay,
And dashest him again to earth: —there let him lay.

Lord Byron

A Smuggler’s Song


IF you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.

Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by!

Running round the woodlump if you chance to find
Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
Don’t you shout to come and look, nor use ’em for your play.
Put the brishwood back again – and they’ll be gone next day !

If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining’s wet and warm – don’t you ask no more !

If you meet King George’s men, dressed in blue and red,
You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said.
If they call you ” pretty maid,” and chuck you ‘neath the chin,
Don’t you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one’s been !

Knocks and footsteps round the house – whistles after dark –
You’ve no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
Trusty’s here, and Pincher’s here, and see how dumb they lie
They don’t fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by !

‘If You do as you’ve been told, ‘likely there’s a chance,
You’ll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood –
A present from the Gentlemen, along ‘o being good !

Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie –
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by !

Rudyard Kipling

Cherry Tree Nursery Saved my Life




From the July edition of MAGS4DORSET

Charity of the Year: CHERRY TREE NURSERY


Cherry Tree Nursery is a Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) that promotes the fact that “having a mental illness does not mean you cannot have a happy life”.

This is the story of Matt, a volunteer who came to the plant nursery 20 years ago.  It is a story that has inspired many people since, because they hope it can become their story too.  Matt has continued working on projects to help Cherry Tree ever since.

“Cherry Tree Nursery saved my life.  A bold claim, but one I know to be true.  Having had a breakdown in 1996, I felt depressed, directionless and alone.  My counsellor suggested I go along to Cherry Tree to see if they could help me, and I reluctantly agreed.

“Although the surroundings were basic, I felt a level of warmth and support from the staff and other volunteers I was not expecting.  I agreed to join as a volunteer, and soon I was attending five days a week.

“There were many opportunities to take part in social events – over time, I started going to these events, which helped me overcome my social anxiety.

“As an out gay man in the 1990s, society was not as accepting as it is now.  Despite this, I was encouraged by Cherry Tree to be proud of who I was.

“Throughout my time there, it was made clear that I could stay for as long as I needed to.  This formed a large part in my recovery from mental illness, as it meant I could focus on getting well.

“I attended Cherry Tree for over three years, and during that time, I gained practical skills in office work, horticulture and costumer service.  It felt great to have a role, a purpose and a reason for getting up in the morning.  I was able to get a retail job under a supported employment scheme, which I was able to access through Cherry Tree.

“Today, I am a different person to the scared, shy and lonely man I was 19 years ago.  I strongly believe if it were not for Cherry Tree Nursery, I would not be here today.”

A Dream Within A Dream

surf tormented shore

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allan Poe

Cherry Tree Nursery Plant Sale Saturday 2nd July 2016



SATURDAY 2nd JULY 2016 8am – 3pm


This is just to remind you about our forthcoming Summer Plant Sale on Saturday 2nd July from 8 am to 3 pm, when we hope there will be something for everybody to enjoy.

Come and choose from a fine selection of high quality hardy garden plants, including bedding, perennials, herbs, alpines, vegetable plants, fruit bushes, shrubs, climbers, roses, ornamental and fruit trees, grasses and bamboo. Many of the plants will be at reduced prices on the sale day.

Many of our flowering plants are coming in to their full glory now, and we have a really spectacular range on offer.

There will also be the usual wide selection of stalls selling local, ethical and fairly traded goods from many parts of the world. These will include a woodcraft demonstration and sale of coppiced products from local small woods made by John Sweeney, metal animals from Diana Girdwood, hand-quilted items made by Project Hope, and activities for children from Fernheath Play.


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Refreshments will include a barbecue courtesy of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North, home-made cakes, and free tea, coffee and soft drinks. You can try your luck with our tombolas and raffle. There will be no bric-a-brac this time, but the second-hand books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale as normal.

Live music will be provided by the Darwins and Cherry Tree’s own band the Propagators.

There will be information stalls from the Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Redhill Common Conservation Group, as well as special displays and literature about the work of our project, prepared as part of our annual open days.

We are very pleased to be working closely with the wildlife areas at Stour Valley and Hengistbury Head and are so grateful to Bournemouth Borough Council for all their support.

Cherry Tree Nursery’s plant sales are popular with the local community due to the happy relaxed festival-like atmosphere and the wide range of attractions. All are welcome. Entry and parking are free!

It is very important to us to play an active role in the local community and to work closely with local groups. We are eternally grateful to all of you for your love, help and support.

This is our major fundraising event of the year – please come and support us!

And remember, we are open every day until the end of October.


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Cherry Tree Nursery  provides sheltered work rehabilitation in a supportive environment for over 170 adults with severe and enduring mental illness.