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The Lemon Tree Trust is transforming refugee camps, one garden at a time. Gardening is a powerful therapeutic tool, addressing issues of isolation and mental health, producing beauty, belonging, food security, and promising economic stimulation. We pilot agricultural businesses and gardening initiatives in refugee communities, creating employment and restoring cultural identity, dignity and purpose. Our long-term vision is to expose every refugee camp in the world to garden competitions and to encourage self-sustaining ventures run by and for refugees. Through the provision of seeds and plants, we empower social and economic change.

Our annual home garden competitions help promote the benefits of gardening and food production.

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Explore our garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 where we brought our refugee work to a new audience.

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Explore refugee homes lives and stories from Domiz camp in film and interactive media.

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Collected together here are our publications, including newsletters, brochures, and academic writing.

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Through our concept of the demonstration garden we are developing new approaches to urban agriculture in the heart of communities.

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Our concept of the Crisis Response Gardens means seeds and tools reach the front line of crisis response .

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Read about our work with refugee communities in the USA, Uganda and Jordan.

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Urban Agriculture, Greening Innovation and Forced Displacement are important concepts which underpin our work.

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Partnership is a key principle of all our work, from local communities, to national and international organisations.

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This International Tea Day, our operations manager, Aveen, shares her delicious and refreshing recipe for herbal tea. It blends rose, lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, santolina and mint. Before Covid-19, Aveen and our group of gardeners enjoyed taking tea together in the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz. After a busy session tending to the plants, it … Continued

Mr Fothergill’s and the Lemon Tree Trust are working together to provide 100,000 packets of quality seed to people living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Mr Fothergill’s is supporting our Emergency ‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal with a week-long promotion to its UK customers. For every … Continued

The global spread of Coronavirus Covid-19 means it is not possible to run our garden competitions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) this spring. However, we will continue to encourage people to sow seeds and enjoy gardening by celebrating refugee and IDP camp home gardens with a ‘virtual’ home garden exhibition this year. Residents … Continued