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Mr Fothergill’s Teams Up With The RHS to Send Seeds to Syrian Refugees

June 10th, 2019 | News | 0 Comments

Mr Fothergill's working with the RHS and the Lemon Tree Trust to help Syrian refugeesHundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz and 5 neighbouring camps in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.

This is the second year of a project 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. Working with the RHS, Mr Fothergills has again donated packets of seeds to the Lemon Tree Trust projects.

Mr Fothergill's working with the RHS and the Lemon Tree Trust to help Syrian refugeesSent 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. Some 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. 250 packets of seeds were used in garden starter kits for community gardens and schools in Mosul, Iraq.

Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director commented “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.”

We are Teaming up with the RHS to Send Seeds to Syrian Refugees

May 23rd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Syrian refugees from the Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq are benefiting from receiving 2,000 flower and vegetable seed packets, from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds.

Sent as part of a project set up by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Lemon Tree Trust, the seeds were specially chosen by 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.

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The delivery of seeds to the refugee camp is reminiscent of a similar act, a hundred years ago, when the RHS sent seeds to British prisoners of war in the Ruhleben camp in Germany. Both instances showing that gardening and plants can bring hope, comfort and sanctuary to those displaced by war.

Tim Jeffries, our Commercial Director commented “We were 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.”

‘The Lemontree Trust Garden’ designed by Tom Massey, is being showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and is inspired by the gardening in the Domiz Camp, where the seeds were sent.

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