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
caring for people, caring for plants
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

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