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.

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.

Individual Stories

Growing Home

Growing Home is an interactive web documentary that presents interviews with refugee gardeners in Domiz camp, Northern Iraq, who were part of the 2017 Garden Competitions run by the Lemon Tree Trust.

Growing Home is created by the interactive storytellers from Scrollytelling, (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), whose members Martijn van Tol and Dirk Jan Visser also produced Refugee Republic in 2014, together with drawing artist Jan Rothuizen and web developer Aart Jan van der Linden.

Start exploring the gardens and gardeners of Domiz camp:

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.

 

We are regularly asked by people around the world about how they can support our activities. We are incredibly grateful for your support! 💚 Here are nine ways you can help spark and change conversations around forcibly displaced people. 1. Make a donation This helps us maintain our existing projects and plan new ones. Regular … Continued

Our team has created an area of green space at the SEED Foundation community centre in Bersive 1 camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The centre is where women, men and families recovering from trauma can spend time tending a garden, planting seeds and re-connecting with nature. The SEED Foundation addresses the mental health … Continued

Salih Yosuf, 45, is married with five children and lives in Domiz 2 camp. He shares what gardening means to him and has built an ingenious water feature in his home garden. “I spend most of my time in my garden that I established two years ago. Roses are my favourite plant of all because … Continued