Concern Worldwide, a company limited by guarantee, Registered Company Number: 39647, Registered Revenue Number: CHY 5745,
Registered Charity Number: 20009090, Registered in Ireland,
Registered address is 52 – 55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.
Phone: +353 1 417 7700
1000 DAYS garden at Bloom
In May, Concern Worldwide exhibited a garden at Bloom, Ireland’s largest garden festival. In my role as Concern's chairperson, I attended this inspirational event. It raised awareness about the importance of good nutrition for mothers and their babies in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.
The garden’s roots
Our garden’s design was rooted in our Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project, in the rural district of Mumbwa in central Zambia. Approximately 45% of pre-school children are stunted as a result of severe malnutrition in Zambia. Through the support of Kerry Group, we are helping families to grow nutritious food.
Kerry Group commissioned award-winning garden designer Paul Martin to construct a garden that reflected a typical Zambian homestead. Thanks to Paul’s inspired work, it was awarded a gold medal as well as the award for the best concept garden.
Beautiful but practical
Paul Martin said:
In a way, the garden is the story of how resourceful people in poverty are. It is also the story of how things could be – where nutrition is the trigger for health, education and opportunity. I loved taking on this challenge because of the simple idea of good nutrition during the 1,000 day window of opportunity and the transforming effect this has. All I had to do was stay true to that inspiration.