Garden of the Month award

This regular prize was set up as an extension to our annual gardening competitions to showcase the innovation and creativity of war gardeners throughout the year. Every month, our team visits home gardens in eight camps across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and selects a ‘Garden of the Month’ winner. We look for creative flair, a passion for gardening, innovative planting ideas and a commitment to filling the available space with plants.⁣ ⁣⁣
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A special plaque to display at the winner’s home shelter, a selection of seeds and a lemon tree, are gifted to each winning gardener. In addition, a sign is displayed in each winning garden for anyone passing to see – the sign is temporary and will be moved on to the next Garden of the Month winner within each camp.⁣⁣⁣

March 2021

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Hazim Haji Saido – Fantastic to see plants growing so well in this small slice of green.

🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Sawsan Ibrahim Amo – We can see here that this gardener, who is a regular participant in LTT activities, loves agriculture and takes great care in monitoring and looking after her small green space. ⁣

🌿 Domiz 2 camp: Isam Arif Slo – A lot of time and effort has been taken to build this unique water feature. Top marks for the creativity and skill demonstrated. ⁣

🌿 Essian camp: Khalida Jardo Ellias – When you look at this garden, it is clear to see the passion and love for agriculture. The gardener has worked hard to develop her green space in terms of agricultural diversity and the recycling of materials. ⁣
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🌿 Gawillan camp: Abd Rahman Muhhamed Tabo – We love the mix of plants being grown here and the gardener says that the space helps his mental health as it provides relief from the fatigue of life and the feeling of being a refugee. ⁣

🌿 Khanki camp: Khuder Haji Sulaiman – The garden was chosen because it contains many types of vegetables, in addition to the fact that the garden is very tidy and the family cares for it a lot. ⁣

🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Asaad Khthir Edio – This garden has been totally transformed and it is clear to see the love of gardening through the planting of trees, fencing around the space and general care taken.⁣
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🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: Manal Murad Darwish – This gardener has always had a passion for growing. When he became a Kabartu resident in 2014 after being forcibly displaced, he decided to create a new garden. Despite the narrow space and the small space here, there are many types of beautiful plants and flowers, including carnations, roses, tulips, primrose. The gardener says the plants and space bring him peace and quiet. ⁣

February 2021

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Zaid Khdr Elias – An excellent effort in greening the small and narrow patch of land here. ⁣


🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Karima Ahmad Omar – A regular participant in LTT activities and competitions, this gardener loves farming and has a desire to develop her garden further. ⁣

🌿 Domiz 2 camp: Sagvan Sliman Taher – This gardener enjoys working and sitting in the garden – the fresh air and plants are relaxing.⁣

🌿 Essian camp: Adnan Ali Hussin – Lots of upcycling of used containers can be seen in this garden. This gardener demonstrates creativity and diversity here and has created a peaceful sanctuary. ⁣

🌿 Gawillan camp: Bahia Salim Afo – Despite the small size of this gardener’s house, there are lots of beautiful plants and different types of roses.⁣



🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Rasho Abdo Hassan – Fantastic to see such a large number of trees – figs, grapes, olives, peaches and almonds – within the limited space.⁣

🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: ⁣Lina Sliman – This garden was established two years ago and it is wonderful to see a variety of trees and plants here.⁣

🌿 Khanki camp: Nasser Khalaf Sulaiman – The garden was chosen for the amount of hard work expended in it by its owner who is an elderly man. He loves to spend his time planting and working in the garden. ⁣

January 2021

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Haji Katy Ibrahim – A well maintained garden and diverse area of trees and plant species, with height variation adding interest.  ⁣

🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Shamya Nawaf Ali – We love the creative upcycling of containers and vertical planting display which bring beauty to the home and street.  ⁣

🌿 Domiz 2 camp: Yasamin Qasim – You don’t necessarily need a lot of space to plant seedlings and flowers. This small home garden provides psychological comfort and reassurance.  ⁣

⁣🌿 Essian camp: Parvo Khalaf Ali ⁣⁣– This is different from many of the other gardens we have visited because it is a micro-farm in terms of the area and the diversity within it. Vegetables and herbs, such as chard, radishes, onions, garlic, parsley and more, are grown and distributed to friends and neighbours. Living conditions in Essian camp are not ideal and we know our gardening initiatives help keep people busy and hopeful as they cope with the daily challenges of life in camp.⁣
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🌿 Gawillan camp: Walid Sabri Shahin ⁣⁣⁣⁣– After hearing about Lemon Tree Trust’s activities, this resident felt encouraged to create a small garden to bring some green to his home.  ⁣

🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Khalil Haji Hassan – This gardener grows trees of all kinds, such as grape, fig, plum and apricot.  ⁣
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🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: Halima Kars Hassan – Through the beautiful borders and painted wall, this gardener has made great strides to bring pockets of colour to brighten her outside space.⁣
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🌿 Khanki camp: Saeed Haji ⁣– Despite limited resources, the family enjoy gardening together and plant in all parts of their home.  ⁣

December 2020

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Mohammed Rafo Hussin – A small and simple garden filled with lots of green and orderly planters. ⁣

🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Noshin Nather Abdo – A simple but beautiful container planter display. ⁣

🌿 Domiz 2 camp: Hssin Mohammed Abdul Hanan – A beautiful and well laid out garden with variety! Full of fruit trees and flowers, with a specific area for growing winter and summer vegetables.⁣

🌿 Essian camp: ⁣⁣Ezden Hassan Abdullah – A standout garden in the neighbourhood due to its abundance and variety of vegetables, as well as the planted trees, demonstrating the gardener’s keenness and interest in growing.⁣

🌿 Gawillan camp: Salah Ramadan Mousa – Spectacularly creative and colourful garden despite its small size, filled with many upcycled containers, vertical planters and additional colour via the Kurdistan flag painted on the wall.⁣

🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Saoud Khthr Bashar – This garden provides hope. Look at the stacked tyre planter 😊⁣

🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: ⁣Hassan Ali Yousif – An attractive garden with lots of colourful flowers.⁣

🌿 Khanki camp: ⁣Nada Khider Sulaiman – The garden was chosen because it has a variety of trees and vegetables that can be used in daily life.⁣

November 2020

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Saeed Daham Qato – One of the most beautiful gardens in the camp.

🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Abdul Kareem Qasim – A lovely area in which the family grows food and flowers.⁣

⁣🌿 Domiz 2: Nihad Muhammed Hassan – The unity of this garden is attractive and showcases how hard the gardener works. ⁣

🌿 Essian camp: ⁣⁣Khdida Carls Harmosh – How amazing it feels when you see a person planting a small spot in front of his tent and filling his daily need of vegetables and fruits.⁣

🌿 Gawillan camp: ⁣Jwan Mohammed Ameen – Wonderful upcycling of containers and vertical planting provides interest. ⁣
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🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Haidar Darwesh Hassin – Beautiful plants and supporter of gardening and agriculture.⁣

🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: ⁣Hussin Ali Yousif – Exquisite flowers in this garden.⁣

🌿 Khanki camp: ⁣Nasso Qolo Shivan – Despite its simplicity, this garden was chosen due to the tidiness and the care and dedication provided by the family, especially son and daughter. ⁣

October 2020

🌿 Bersive 1 camp: Waled Haret Qasim – while this garden is simple, it has a beautiful tree in the middle.

🌿 Domiz 1 camp: Wael Hadi Khalaf – stunning palm tree and garden layout in development⁣.

🌿 Domiz 2 camp: Bahzad Muhamed – beautiful garden arranged in a wonderful geometric shape plus diversity of flowers and seedlings, as well as the feeling of psychological comfort when sitting in the garden⁣.

🌿 Gawillan camp: ⁣Azad Ahmad Othman – lovely small garden showing a commitment to help with afforestation in the area to create a purer atmosphere⁣.

🌿 Kabartu 1 camp: Shamo Hamoka Khalaf – the big rose with its pink colour has a wonderful calming effect⁣.

🌿 Kabartu 2 camp: ⁣Naif Khalil Haso – colourful garden full of different types of plants and flowers.⁣

🌿 Khanki camp: ⁣Nadhim Jono Ismail – chosen because of being well arranged and varied. Lovely to see trees that were awarded by LTT last year.⁣

September 2020

🌿 Bersive 1: Hadiya Elyas Hassan⁣
🌿 Domiz 1: Jihan Salih Ismail⁣
🌿 Domiz 2: Ryath Yousif Ramadan⁣
🌿 Essian: ⁣⁣Ziad khalaf Ellias⁣
🌿 Gawillan: ⁣Aziz Muhammed Ali⁣
🌿 Kabartu 1: Hassan Rasho Abdo ⁣⁣
🌿 Kabartu 2: ⁣Faisal Ansh Khdr⁣
🌿 Khanki: ⁣Murad Ghaznim Ali

 

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