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.

In 2018 we will sponsor a garden at Chelsea Flower Show to bring our refugee work to a new audience.

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Our annual garden competitions and festivals help promote and encourage home gardens and food production.

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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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During this year’s Lemon Tree Trust (LTT) Garden Competition one of our gardeners, Khadeja Tahr Omer, invited LTT’s founder Stephanie Hunt in to her home to try her beloved homemade rose water. Stephanie learned that Khadeja started making rose water 15 years ago when she lived in Syria as a refreshing juice for her children. … Continued

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Lemon Tree Trust annual garden competitions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Competitions took place in a record seven refugee and IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps this year, with nearly 1,500 gardens in the running for prizes. A combination of cash prizes and gifts of … Continued

Lemon Tree Trust’s Dr Sami Youssef recently led a research trip on land near Domiz camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The team were delighted to see the bright and bold colourful jewels of the Anemone coronaria. Also spotted was the delicate blossom of native Prunus, the bell-shaped flowers of Onosma, as well as the sunshine yellow … Continued