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June 28, 2022

The team behind FlORXLzine – Carmen Sheridan, Hannah Jones and Emma Brown – have raised £1000 for the Lemon Tree Trust through sales of the print publication. The first issue of the zine was launched in November 2021 to celebrate plants, gardens and horticulture and the team have gone on to publish two more. They … Continued

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June 3, 2022

Thank you to Rachael Jefferies for inviting us on to the Centre for Minorities Research Podcast to talk about our work. The Centre for Minorities Research is based at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews in Scotland, UK. And the centre’s student-led podcast provides a space for students to creatively explore their research interests. … Continued

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May 24, 2022

Our community garden at the SEED Foundation trauma centre in Bardarash camp is finished! And the garden is already being used. Isn’t it wonderful to see the children singing? It is literally music to our ears. The community garden is a space for SEED centre clients and Bardarash residents to enjoy every day. The garden … Continued

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March 15, 2022

We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with all people who have been forced to flee their homes.⁣ We believe every person has the right to feel safe; to live freely, without the threat of violence or persecution.⁣ We have found that gardens and the act of gardening can help bring us … Continued

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February 3, 2022

We were totally bowled over by a generous donation from the Grace Alexander Gather community back in December of last year. Grace is a registered and certified APHA seed-merchant and grows flowers for sale (either as flowers or for seed). In 2020, Grace launched her passion project, ‘Gather with Grace Alexander’, a monthly membership space for people wanting to … Continued

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January 31, 2022

For so many reasons, 2021 was another incredibly challenging year, but we have loved continuing to spread joy, hope and purpose to displaced people through the power of gardening. Our annual garden competitions and monthly garden awards are now enjoyed in nine camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which collectively are home to 140,000 people. Our team of … Continued

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November 20, 2021

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

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November 14, 2021

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

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September 20, 2021

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

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August 10, 2021

We have awarded prizes to 72 winning gardens in our 2021 Lemon Tree Trust (LTT) annual garden competitions. LTT competitions took place in a record nine camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Winners have received cash prizes and gifts of seeds and plants, and all participants have received certificates.  … Continued

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