11,000 packets of seeds donated to refugee gardening projects

Huge thanks to Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, with support from the RHS, who have donated over 11,000 packets of seeds to Lemon Tree Trust gardening projects.

The mix of vegetable, herb and flower seeds are being distributed to people living in refugee, internally displaced persons and transit camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq so that they can grow in their small home gardens.

Some of the packets of seeds will also be used in Lemon Tree Trust home garden kits, garden competitions and community gardens.

Stephanie Hunt, Founder and CEO of the Lemon Tree Trust said:

“Gardens and gardening bring people joy. It is as simple as that. I have been reminded on recent visits that a glimpse of green in an otherwise grey and hostile landscape is priceless. The support of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds and the RHS in bringing the pleasure of plants to the camps cannot be underestimated.”

Tim Jeffries, Commercial Director at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, added:

“We try to support projects where growing can help improve lives and we are delighted to help the RHS and the Lemon Tree Trust in their invaluable efforts in Iraq.”

This recent donation follows earlier donations from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, in partnership with the RHS, in 2018 and 2019 to Lemon Tree Trust projects in the region.

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