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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.

Award-winning garden

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.

The Concern garden at Bloom, 2013.

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.

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