Family Fest supporting local therapeutic horticulture charity for 2022

We're proud to be supporting Cherry Tree Nursery, a local plant nursery producing more than 100,000 high-quality garden plants every year the charity is well known in the local community for its friendly atmosphere.

Rob Batson, the founder of Family Fest, said: 'Supporting this local vital charity is key to our aims and objectives and we are proud to be able to support them once again for 2022.'

He went on to say, 'This year we are focussing on providing them with a vital volunteer fund supporting their volunteers in getting to and from their base in Northbourne alongside them being able to get out and about which is vital to mental health.'

The Admin and Events Coordinator at Cherry Tree Nursery, Ray Alderton said: 'We are delighted to have been chosen as Family Fest’s supported charity this year. It is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of our charity and its work supporting adults whose lives are impacted by mental illness.'

He went on to say, 'We have been using therapeutic horticulture for the past thirty-three years and we are pleased to showcase the beautiful plants we produce for sale to the public at our nurseries in Northbourne and Poole.'

The charity was set up to provide sheltered rehabilitation, in a supportive but realistic working environment, for people with severe and enduring mental illness. There is no upper age limit or restrictions on when people can stay with SWOP. The charity's aim is to create a loving community for people who often feel frightened, lonely, isolated, and powerless.

The nursery is a safe and non-threatening place to work, where volunteers can receive support from staff, gain strength from developing friendships with each other, share problems and experiences, and build social networking through working together.

Further information about the charity can be found via