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Concern show garden -  an African idyll with a bush hut.

Concern show garden - an African idyll with a bush hut.

Concern show garden - an African idyll with a bush hut.

It's Dublin – not the South of France, let alone deepest Africa – but that didn't stop Paul Martin, pictured below, reproducing a dramatic Zambian homestead with a vegetable garden full of pomegranates, coconuts and even coffee, smack in the middle of the Phoenix Park!

The award-winning garden designer, who is responsible for the Concern Show Garden, has created an African idyll, with a bush hut.

"Concern is educating Zambian mothers on the benefits of nutrition and growing food," says Paul, who flies to London as soon as the festival is over to start work on a garden for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

"In Zambia they terrace the land to save the soil, so in our garden here in Dublin we have three terraces beside the hut on which we've planted vegetables and fruit.

"They terrace the ground to prevent soil from being washed away by heavy showers," he added.

His garden reflects what Concern sees as the 1,000-day window of opportunity – the time from a mother's pregnancy to the child's second birthday – which allows it to help families, communities and countries break the cycle of poverty.

Focusing on nutrition during this time will help a child live a healthy and productive life. Kerry Group is supporting Concern to transform the lives of thousands of people in Zambia.

Irish Independent