Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, with support from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), has supplied over 11,000 packets of seed to Lemon Tree Trust (LTT) projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers will be distributed to people living in refugee, Internally Displaced Persons and transit camps. It follows donations of seed made in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 2018 and 2019 to LTT gardening projects in refugee communities in the region.
The seeds are being stored for distribution this spring to camps that offer safety for people displaced by conflict. The seed packets will be used in LTT home garden kits, garden competitions and community gardens.
Stephanie Hunt, Founder and CEO of the Lemon Tree Trust said: “Gardens and gardening bring people joy. It is as simple as that. I have been reminded on recent visits that a glimpse of green in an otherwise grey and hostile landscape is priceless. The support of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds and the RHS in bringing the pleasure of plants to the camps cannot be underestimated.”
Tim Jeffries, Commercial Director at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, added: “We try to support projects where growing can help improve lives and we are delighted to help the RHS and the Lemon Tree Trust in their invaluable efforts in Iraq.”