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March 18, 2020

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 … Continued

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February 25, 2020

Inspired by a Channel 4 news story titled “The Last Gardener of Aleppo”, York based artist Linda Combi is staging a new exhibition of artwork and will donate a share of the proceeds to the Lemon Tree Trust. Linda was deeply moved by the TV news story that featured Abu Ward, the owner of a … Continued

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October 24, 2019

Following the success and high levels of participation in our annual garden competition, a new Garden of the Month initiative has been set up in Domiz camp. This will help us celebrate camp gardens and shine a light on innovation and creativity throughout the year. Every month, the Lemon Tree Trust team visits a different … Continued

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October 16, 2019

This World Food Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is focusing on the importance of a healthy diet in ending world hunger. Here at the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, fruit and vegetables are grown by a group of women and their families and … Continued

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June 28, 2019

During this year’s Lemon Tree Trust (LTT) Garden Competition one of our gardeners, Khadeja Tahr Omer, invited LTT’s founder Stephanie Hunt in to her home to try her beloved homemade rose water. Stephanie learned that Khadeja started making rose water 15 years ago when she lived in Syria as a refreshing juice for her children. … Continued

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June 18, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Lemon Tree Trust annual garden competitions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Competitions took place in a record seven refugee and IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps this year, with nearly 1,500 gardens in the running for prizes. A combination of cash prizes and gifts of … Continued

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June 8, 2019

It has been our great pleasure this month to give two talks at gardening shows in the UK. Gardening Scotland: 1 June We were delighted when Scotland’s Rural University College student John Thoumire contacted us about his ‘College Street’ garden, inspired by the Lemon Tree Trust show garden at RHS Chelsea 2018. John’s garden, ‘Bayet’ means … Continued

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March 25, 2019

The Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp is overseen by Aveen (left) and her team, pictured above. We asked them some questions to find out more about what they like doing when they’re not gardening. Q: What is your favourite plant / flower? A: Both Khadija and Fatima’s favourite is jasmine. Ahin loves tulips … Continued

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March 19, 2019

Lemon Tree Trust’s Dr Sami Youssef recently led a research trip on land near Domiz camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The team were delighted to see the bright and bold colourful jewels of the Anemone coronaria. Also spotted was the delicate blossom of native Prunus, the bell-shaped flowers of Onosma, as well as the sunshine yellow … Continued

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March 8, 2019

International Women’s Day, today, March 8, is a time to reflect on progress made and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women in their communities. The United Nations has marked this year’s theme as “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” as an opportunity to look at innovative ways in which … Continued

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