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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We are all living in strange and worrying times. The Coronavirus Covid-19 does not discriminate and globally we are all feeling its effects. Refugee and IDP camps are very densely populated with no parks or public green space. One of our goals is our focus on home gardens and this is now more important than … Continued

Huge thanks to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, with support from the RHS, who have donated over 11,000 packets of seeds to Lemon Tree Trust gardening projects. The mix of vegetable, herb and flower seeds are being distributed to people living in refugee, internally displaced persons and transit camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq so that … Continued

Inspired by a Channel 4 news story titled “The Last Gardener of Aleppo”, York based artist Linda Combi is staging a new exhibition of artwork and will donate a share of the proceeds to the Lemon Tree Trust. Linda was deeply moved by the TV news story that featured Abu Waad, the owner of a … Continued