Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp

Take a walk around the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with Aveen Ibrahem, Operations Manager at Lemon Tree Trust. Hear about who gardens here, the rabbits and chickens, and community bread oven.

An introduction to Lemon Tree Trust’s gardening initiatives in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Hear from Aveen Ibrahem, Operations Manager at Lemon Tree Trust, about our gardening initiatives across refugee and IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Meet gardeners Nariman and Nadim who share what gardening means to them and how they get involved with Lemon Tree Trust’s competitions. Find out about our plans for a new garden called Zozan and see drone footage of Domiz 1 camp.

One Garden At A Time: The Lemon Tree Trust’s Story

The Lemon Tree Trust restores dignity, brings beauty, ignites hope and offers economic opportunity to refugees and displaced people, one garden at a time. Gardening is a powerful force for good and our vision is to bring gardens and gardening initiatives to every refugee community in the world.

Individual Stories

Watch these short films with refugee gardeners and residents of Domiz 1 camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, who were part of our 2017 Garden Competitions.

War Gardeners: A 100 year history of supporting POWs and refugees through seeds

A hundred years on from providing seeds to WWI prisoners of war, the Lemon Tree Trust is working with the RHS to supply seeds to Syrian refugees in Domiz camp, Kurdistan region of Iraq – with Sue Biggs, Director General, RHS and Tom Massey, designer of the Lemon Tree Trust Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

 

An Unexpected Road to Chelsea

The inspiration behind the Lemon Tree Trust Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, with garden designer Tom Massey.

Gardens in Domiz

In 2017 we met Castro Youssef, a refugee film maker in Domiz camp. We purchased him a video camera to document our work and record the everyday life of refugees. Through his work we have been able to prepare a short film about Domiz camp in Iraq which explores the home gardens, liberation garden, and Crisis Response Garden kits.

 

Domiz 1 camp is the home of our headquarters in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and one of our community gardens, Azadi. We regularly get asked questions about the set-up and infrastructure of refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps, as well as the living conditions there, so we wanted to share what we know. … Continued

Our thanks go to the Young Propagators Society for publishing Aisha Ahmed Omar’s story in their digital zine. Aisha is a gardener who lives in Domiz 1 camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after she was forcibly displaced from Syria. She shares how gardening brings her connection, comfort and joy:⁣“I have had great success in growing leafy vegetables, which … Continued

Congratulations to graphic designer Kulsum Karolia on winning a Bronze Creative Conscience Award for her Lemon Tree Trust project.   As part of a final year project at the Manchester School of Art, UK, Kulsum and fellow students were tasked with creatively responding to and raising awareness about a social issue – to inspire and educate a global audience.  We were delighted when Kulsum chose Lemon Tree Trust.   She said: “Something that really stood out to me … Continued