“We had so many flowers in Syria. This garden makes me happy.”

Lemon Tree Trust announces new projects in Greece to mark World Refugee Day weeks after first ever ‘refugee garden’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lemon Tree Trust funded gardening project in Ritsona camp, June 2018
Images taken in Ritsona camp, Greece, June 2018. Photo credit: Alfonso Montiel

A month after our refugee-inspired garden was showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, a first in the show’s 150 year history, we are pleased to announce we have new projects underway in Greece. Working alongside field partners Metadrasi in Athens and on Lesvos and Lighthouse Relief in Ritsona camp, the Lemon Tree Trust is now supporting the creation of gardens for unaccompanied children.

We asked a 9 year old girl, who now lives unaccompanied in Ritsona, how the garden project makes her feel. She said: “We had so many flowers in Syria. This garden makes me happy.”

The announcement comes during World Refugee Week, in which global immigration policies are under renewed scrutiny. Latest UN Refugee Agency figures, announced this week,[1]set the number of displaced people globally at 68.5 million, the highest ever in modern history.

Stephanie Hunt, founder and CEO of the Lemon Tree Trust, says:

“Here at the Lemon Tree Trust, we are honoured to work with refugees everyday. Gardening has the power to aid and accelerate the process of healing and this is as true for children as it is adults. We support garden initiatives in Greece for unaccompanied children…projects designed to interest the children in nurturing plants to aid their physical and mental wellbeing as well as occupying them on a daily basis.”

The Lemon Tree Trust, established in 2015, supports gardening initiatives in refugee communities as a way to restore dignity, purpose and cultural identity. The Trust helps bring people together through the provision of seeds and plants, garden competitions and education centres.

To support our work please consider making a donation here. 100% of voluntary donations are used to fund projects in refugee camps.

[1]UNHCR Global Trends 2017 http://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2017/

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