The good news for everyone at Cherry Tree Nursery is that work is beginning on the second phase of their sustainable replacement building programme.

    This will vastly improve the facilities and services on offer to the over 150 people with severe and enduring mental health problems who attend the registered charity project and well known local plant nursery situated in Northbourne.

    Phase 1 of the building programme, the wonderful new tearoom for the volunteers with kitchen and toilet block was completed in 2011, and famously opened by The Princess Royal in March 2012.

    The buildings are constructed of local natural materials, the walls are filled with straw for insulation and there is sheep’s wool under the floor. The timber frame is of local Douglas Fir.

    Phase 2 will be learning, recovery and working facilities for the volunteers including a room for a Disability Rights Adviser, rooms for private conversations, a quiet room, a library, and rooms for bookkeeping and office work to take place in, as well as a training room for courses and the use of computers.

    Everyone at Cherry Tree is very excited that this programme is continuing despite the difficult times. It represents to us all the recognition of the work of Cherry Tree, and the start of work is a tremendous boost to everyone’s self-esteem.

    They are looking forward to welcoming back the builders from the Dorset Centre for Rural Skills who are now part of the Cherry Tree family.

    Cherry Tree will do everything possible to minimise any disruption to customers and visitors to the Nursery, but wish to apologise in advance should anyone experience any inconvenience. They hope our many friends and supporters will enjoy watching the new buildings grow over the course of the summer. It is hoped to be finished by the end of the year. We wish them every sucess with this new work.


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