Meet Hamid, our new Horticulture & Landscape Consultant

Hamid Abdullah, Horticulture & Landscape Consultant, Lemon Tree Trust

We’re thrilled to welcome Hamid Abdullah to the Lemon Tree Trust as our Horticulture & Landscape Consultant. Based in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Hamid will support Aveen and our team with horticulture training and landscape design for existing and new projects. 

We asked him a few questions to get to know him better: 

Which landscape designers are you influenced by and why? 

Personally, l am influenced by Piet Oudolf, as he practices a naturalistic approach to gardening primarily throughout perennial plant species.  

Furthermore, he prioritises the seasonal life cycle of plants over decorative considerations like flower or colour. This means a garden is exciting as it looks great throughout the year, rather than for just one particular season. 

If you could visit any garden in the world, which would it be? 

I would love to visit The High Line in New York City. Designed by Piet Oudolf, it’s a wonderful example of naturalistic planting in an unusual urban setting. 

What is your earliest gardening memory?  

I must have been about six years old when my family and I went out for a spring picnic. My younger sister asked me to make her a flower crown from wild chamomile flowers and I felt joy for the flowers and how they had a harmony with nature. 

What are your favourite plants and why? 

My favourite is chamomile, as it has beautiful petals and an amazing colour combination of white and yellow. Chamomile provides sustenance to pollinators through the supply of pollen and nectar, which are of course necessary for our food chain. It also has great health and medicinal benefits. 

What would be your ideal landscape project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq? 

My ideal landscape project in the Kurdistan Region would be building a botanical garden. Its primary purpose would be collecting and studying plants, safeguarding the ecosystem, as well as conserving endangered habitats. 

What is it about Lemon Tree Trust team that made you want to join our team?  

I really admire the organisation’s long-term vision of supporting a vulnerable group of people from different backgrounds to improve their wellbeing and environment, and how it has already taken great shape in the different refugee and IDP camp communities since the organisation was established in 2016. 

What are you most looking forward to about your work with us?  

I am looking forward to working with the LTT team to further develop the community garden spaces in Domiz 1 and Bersive 1 camps and working on designs for new gardens. I am also looking forward to bringing my skills and experience as a lecturer to training the team and the gardening communities in camps in plant propagation, composting, efficient water use and small space growing.  

Meet some of our other team members

Gardener stories

  • Meet Khanki camp resident Hajar
  • Meet Domiz 2 camp resident Salih
  • Watch our short films about why displaced people garden


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

Land restoration in refugee camps and wider communities has enormous potential to enhance the living conditions of forcibly displaced people and the ecosystems of war-torn regions. To coincide with the official launch of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and World Environment Day on 5 June 2021, we were delighted to take part in a ‘Refugees and Restoration’ roundtable … Continued

Ahmed Ibrahim Ismail lives in the Azar neighbourhood of Domiz 2 camp. “I have a humble garden in my house, and I started working on it with my children two years ago. We have spent many good times in it, especially during the curfew for the coronavirus.⁣  ⁣“My garden contains 20 different types of roses and … Continued