Mr Fothergill’s, The RHS and The Lemon Tree Trust join forces to help camps
Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq are to receive flower and veg seeds to brighten up their camps.
The 2,000 packets of seeds, from Mr Fothergill’s, will be going Domiz and five neighbouring camps.
This is the second year of a project (see here for more details) that was inspired by a WWI seed lift from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to British prisoners of war living in an internment camp in Germany.
Sent as part of a project set up by the RHS and The Lemon Tree Trust, the seeds were specially chosen for 200 Syrian families, who despite living in difficult circumstances, hope to gain some joy from the benefits of gardening.
The list was made up of varieties that would bring colour to the camp and could be grown in the harsh conditions, including marigolds, sunflowers, peppers and cucumbers.
Seeds were also given to researchers of the University of Duhok as part of ongoing studies testing grey water success rates for both edibles and ornamentals.
Some 250 packets of seeds were used in garden starter kits for community gardens and schools in Mosul, Iraq.
The Lemon Tree Trust is transforming refugee camps, using gardening as a powerful therapeutic tool, addressing issues of isolation and mental health, producing beauty, belonging, food security and promising economic stimulation.
It pilots agricultural businesses and gardening initiatives in refugee communities, creating employment and restoring cultural identity, dignity and purpose.
Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to help out the RHS and The Lemon Tree Trust by donating seeds from our ranges.
“We hope that they will provide some pleasure for those living in the difficult conditions of the Domiz Camp.”