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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Following the success and high levels of participation in our annual garden competition, a new Garden of the Month initiative has been set up in Domiz camp. This will help us celebrate camp gardens and shine a light on innovation and creativity throughout the year. Every month, the Lemon Tree Trust team visits a different … Continued

This World Food Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is focusing on the importance of a healthy diet in ending world hunger. Here at the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, fruit and vegetables are grown by a group of women and their families and … Continued

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