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Lenny Lemon family gardening activities

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As part of our emergency response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we created a library of children’s activities to help keep families busy at home. One thing that Covid-19 highlighted is that gardening has no borders. We all find solace in our personal green space, wherever we are in the world. Our family resources are free to download in English, Arabic, Farsi, Ukrainian and French so that more people can join in and enjoy gardening.

Join ‘Lenny Lemon’ for some fun gardening activities to enjoy at home or school.

Our thanks go to the Royal Horticultural Society for allowing us to adapt a selection of their resources for gardeners and families living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced persons) communities. There are 21 activities to enjoy making. Suitable for ages 3+.

Set 1

Sunflower pot people
Pressed flowers frame
Make a kite
Butterfly crop protector
Make super plant labels
Make a crown from leaves or petals
Pebble painting
Plant tin can herbs
Make an origami seed packet
Create a rainbow collage
Make newspaper pots

Set 2

Make a ladybird and bug home
Drinking trays for birds
Grow snapdragons
Make and follow a trail
Animal leaf pictures
Container planting with a twist
Mr and Mrs Cresshead
Cane toppers
Make a seed storage box
Build a mini wormery

Don’t forget to share your completed activities with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – tag our account name and use the #OneGardenAtATime hashtag and we’ll repost the best ones. We’ll also show your fantastic creations to the gardeners we know in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) – they are also taking part and would love to hear from you.

Request seeds and activity sheets for your refugee project
Request seeds and activity sheets for your refugee project

If you work with refugees, asylum seekers or other displaced communities on gardening projects in the UK of the USA, we can send a variety of food and flower seed packets to you via our seed donation scheme. Seeds have been donated in kind by generous gardeners across the UK and the USA.

To request seeds and activity sheets, please complete our online form.

Recipes from our gardeners

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Khanem’s Tawa






This traditional Syrian main course has layers of beef, aubergine, tomato and potato. Think of it a bit like a dairy free moussaka. The addition of lemon and parsley freshen and lift this filling meal. Recipe serves eight people.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

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Nosheen’s Kousa Mahshi



You’ll need a little patience for this recipe but we think the result is well worth the effort. These stuffed courgettes and tomatoes with beef and rice serve four people. To make this recipe vegetarian, replace the beef with chickpeas.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

Noora’s Molokhia with Chicken & Simple Tabbouleh
Noora’s Molokhia with Chicken & Simple Tabbouleh

Molokhia, or jute mallow, is a popular ingredient of middle eastern dishes and is grown widely by gardeners in refugee and IDP camps in Kurdistan. This delicious recipe for molokhia with chicken has an accompanying tabbouleh recipe.

Download in Arabic | تحميل بالعربية

 

 

Information about the Lemon Tree Trust

Lemon Tree Trust Impact Report 2022 - front cover
Impact Report 2022
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‘About our work’ leaflet
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Transforming land, transforming lives
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Greening innovation and urban agriculture in refugee and IDP camps explained.

Supporter poster

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Use this poster to help promote your fundraising activities and events in support of the Lemon Tree Trust. Alternatively, display the poster in your window or public notice board to raise awareness of our work. Download the poster and print at home.

Liked these resources? 

Here are a few ways you can find out more about our work, get involved and help more families living in refugee and IDP (internally displaced persons) camps to grow food and flowers. 

  • Make a donation to support our work of bringing plants and flowers to more people living in refugee and IDP communities
  • Join our mailing list to be among the first to hear about developments at the Lemon Tree Trust with our seasonal newsletter.
  • Follow the Lemon Tree Trust on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Together we are creating a global community of gardeners and changing the conversation around forced migration.

In the news

The Lemon Tree Trust’s work and refugee gardener stories feature in…  

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Research papers and articles

These articles, some of which reference the Lemon Tree Trust, are written by academic researchers working in the area of urban agriculture and life sciences. This content covers several interdisciplinary topics, including forced migration and the creation of ‘accidental cities’, food and water systems/security, greening innovation, agroforestry, biodiversity, and sustainability.

Books

International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions: Tania Wiseman and Gaynor Sadlo report the many physical benefits of outdoor exercise, the community benefits of doing things together, the importance of green spaces in reducing stress and increasing resilience, and the value of activity and occupational therapy in trauma recovery.

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature: Psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Sue Stuart-Smith shares how being in nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence. She presents scientific findings, insights and stories from asylum seekers, veterans, inner-city young people and other groups on how nature has helped with trauma, stress, depression and other health issues.

 

We’ve made it easier to spread the joy of gardening this Christmas.   When you make a donation to Lemon Tree Trust on behalf of someone special, you can send them our new downloadable design, accompanied by your own personalised message.   How it works STEP 1: First, make a donation to Lemon Tree Trust via JustGiving … Continued

Our cooking competitions returned this year with 450 talented cooks whipping up mouth-watering meals in their home kitchens across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The competitions showcased all the delicious produce being grown in home and community gardens and the many nutritious dishes that can be made when combined with ingredients sourced locally. Despite limited … Continued

To celebrate the completion of the extension to the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp, and to officially open the space, we organised a small opening ceremony and party.   All our new gardeners, who have been given a new raised bed in the extended area, were invited to join our celebration, along with our … Continued