Gardeners are a lovely bunch! Thank you for all your support in 2020

One thing that Covid-19 has highlighted is that gardening has no borders. We are all finding solace in our personal green space, wherever we are in the world.

Your support throughout 2020 and beyond – whether that’s sending seed to our emergency appeal, making a one-off or regular donation via our JustGiving page, or liking, commenting on or sharing our social media content – has enabled us to spread joy, hope and purpose to displaced people through the power of gardening.

Gardener to gardener, thank you 💚

Collage of gardeners in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

In 2020, amidst camp closures and national lockdowns, we successfully:

🌿 Ran our popular annual garden competitions remotely, attracting hundreds of entries from families across 7 camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

🌿 Distributed over 10,000 packets of donated food and flower seeds to displaced people living in refugee and IDP camps in the KRI and sent donated seeds to refugee garden projects in the UK

🌿 Rolled out our monthly ‘Garden of the Month’ initiative in a total of 8 camps, distributing seeds and lemon trees as prizes for winners

🌿 Created a new community garden in Bersive 1 camp in the north of the KRI, in partnership with SEED Foundation, as a pilot for developing more

🌿 Introduced a library of children’s activities, supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, to help families in all parts of the world keep busy

🌿 Built a new learning hub in the Azadi community garden for virtual and on location learning, which doubles up as a seed and plant distribution base

🌿 Shared more recipes from our gardeners in Kurdistan, including our Sidra Tea Blend – from their kitchen to yours, food and flowers have the power to bring us all together

Quote and photograph - Stephanie Hunt, CEO and Founder, Lemon Tree Trust.

Your AMAZING ongoing support means that we can continue to safely:

🍋 Distribute vegetable, flower and herb seed to displaced people in refugee and IDP camps across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

🍋 Grow, nurture and harvest produce in our Azadi community garden in Domiz 1 camp and distribute this to vulnerable families

🍋 Celebrate home gardens in 8 camps with our Garden of the Month initiative and annual garden competitions

🍋 Support refugee led gardening projects in Greece, the UK and USA with donated seed and children’s gardening activities

Our special thanks to…

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who supported us in 2020 and continues to champion our work. There are a few wonderful people and organisations we would like to extend a special thanks to:

And a huge thanks to everyone else who has supported Lemon Tree Trust in some way, however small 💚

Make a donation

The Lemon Tree Trust welcomes one-off and regular donations.

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Our core infrastructure costs are fully funded so 100% of your donation directly supports gardening projects and initiatives in refugee communities.

  • $1 / £1 can give a family a packet of vegetable seeds 
  • $5 / £5 can provide a family a basket of nutritious produce 
  • $25 / £25 can fund a Home Garden Starter Kit for a new family arriving in the camp, containing a Home Garden Manual, seeds, tools, a grow-bag and a children’s gardening activity

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