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July 25, 2022

A selection of our fun ‘Lenny Lemon’ family gardening activities, developed in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society, are now available in Ukrainian. The activities can be enjoyed at home or school and are suitable for ages 3+. Activities include: Make a ladybird and bug home Drinking trays for birds Grow snapdragons Make and follow … Continued

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July 1, 2022

It was our pleasure to join O’s Refugee Aid Team and others on an aid convoy on World Refugee Day in northern France on 20 June. Lemon Tree Trust donated sleeping bags, basketball hoops and balls, phone chargers and seed packets to specialist teams working directly with displaced people living in temporary camps in Calais and Dunkirk. The trip also … Continued

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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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April 14, 2022

In 2020, in response to the Covid pandemic, we launched an emergency seed appeal, inviting gardeners to send us their spare vegetable, herb and flower seed packets to help our gardeners in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As everyone in all corners of the world found sanctuary in their green spaces during multiple lockdowns, we … 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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