Thank you for all your support in 2021

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 community garden coordinators do a fabulous job of encouraging people to sow seeds, nurture plants and start their own home gardens. 

Our community gardens continued to flourish with more people benefiting from free-to-access green spaces to grow and socialise in camps than ever before. Our partnership with SEED Foundation further strengthened; we are in the process of building a garden in Bardarash camp at the SEED trauma therapy centre there with another green space project in that camp in the pipeline in 2022. And we are in discussions with IOM about how we can scale our projects in the Kurdistan region and beyond. 

Your support throughout 2021 – whether that’s making a one-off or regular donation, sending us seeds, or liking, commenting on or sharing our social media content – has given us the means and the encouragement to keep going. We know our gardening projects help heal and bring people together, and we are excited about what 2022 has in store. 

On behalf of the whole Lemon Tree Trust family, we thank you for your love and support.

2021 highlights, made possible with your generous support

🌿 We distributed thousands of donated seed packets to refugee garden projects in the UK, as well as to displaced people in Dunkirk, France with the help of O’s Refugee Team.

🌿 We ran our popular annual garden competitions remotely, attracting hundreds of entries from families across 9 camps (2 more than last year) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

🌿 Our ‘Garden of the Month’ is now awarded in 9 camps – with seeds and lemon trees as prizes for winners.

🌿 We have designed and are currently building a new community garden in Bardarash camp in the Duhok governorate of the KRI, in partnership with SEED Foundation, following last year’s successful pilot in Bersive 1 camp.

🌿 We ran regular gardening activity sessions at the LTT x SEED community garden, to help adults and children living in Bersive 1 camp grow herbs and vegetables.

🌿 Further children’s gardening activity sheets, supported by the Royal Horticultural Society, are now available to help families in all parts of the world enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Activity sheets are available in English, Arabic and Farsi. 

🌿 Our flagship Azadi community garden in Domiz 1 camp has been further developed, including a new Friendship Lounge with comfy seats and a gorgeous view over the garden to take morning tea and afternoon coffee, and to pause for a moment and reflect, or catch up with friends in style. This area is also now available for other organisations working in Domiz 1 to gather for meetings – a collaborative space for all camp residents to enjoy. 

🌿 We installed a new bread oven in Azadi with shade for more comfortable baking whatever the weather. Residents can use the oven whenever they want and they will make extra bread to distribute to families in the camp.

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

🍋 Distribute vegetable, flower and herb seed to displaced people 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 at least 10 camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with our Garden of the Month initiative and annual garden competitions.

🍋 Design and create community gardens in more camps in partnership with like-minded organisations.

🍋 Support refugee led gardening projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, UK and USA with donated seed and children’s gardening activities.

Make a donation to support our work in 2022

Our special thanks to….

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who supported us in 2021 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 💚

 

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

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

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