Lemon Tree Trust works with urban agriculture and greening innovation in the context of forced displacement.

Urban Agriculture – is the cultivation, processing and distribution of food in an urban context, such as an intentional or accidental city. It includes animal husbandry, aquaculture, forestry, beekeeping and horticulture. It is likely to include small livestock rearing, growing vegetables, planting trees and field crops and using greenhouses or polytunnels. Essential components are seed, soil, space and water.

Greening Innovation – is a holistic approach to disaster risk, land and watershed management, linking relief, recovery and development through the planting of trees and gardens and the support of small agro-businesses. It involves work on integrated watershed management (IWM) linking relief, recovery and development (LRRD), disaster risk reduction (DRR), resource recovery and reuse (RRR) and sustainable livelihoods. See our publications for processes and practices in greening innovation.

We use the term forced displacement to refer to the situations of people who leave or flee their homes due to conflict, violence, persecution, natural, environmental or human induced developments or disasters, famine or human rights violations. It includes those who are forced to leave their countries (forced migration) and those who are forced to move to other parts of the same country (internally displaced persons, or IDPs).

While forced displacement is often seen as a temporary state, some camps have been in existence for periods of 40 or 50 years and seen generations of children grow up within them. Others have evolved into ‘accidental cities’ and become a permanent part of the landscape. Others provide temporary homes to different inhabitants at different times as crises are resolved in one place only to reoccur in another. Investment in improving land and planting trees is rarely wasted, and can be planned to make a long term contribution to the landscape even when whole communities are eventually relocated.

 

 

 

 

The Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is run by a small team of gardeners headed up Aveen, our Operations Manager. We asked team members Ismail and Shalal (pictured below) some questions about their work in the garden and their favourite plants. Ismail “I’m Ismail, a Syrian refugee. … Continued

Huge gratitude and thanks go to Erin Benzakein, Becky Crowley and all the team at Floret Flowers. As well as a generous donation of Floret seeds to our emergency ‘Gardener to Gardener’ Seed Appeal, Erin has published a lovely interview feature with our founder Stephanie Hunt on the Floret website. In the feature, Stephanie chats … Continued

Our heartfelt thanks go to Bridget and Henrietta at The Land Gardeners for donating profits from the first issue of their new pop-up magazine to Lemon Tree Trust. In this beautiful digital magazine, The Land Gardeners share what to plant and how to grow in lockdown. Plus, read about Erin Benzakein’s favourite pink flowers, Paul Bangay’s most-loved garden book, Kay … Continued