Garden Designer Juliet Sargeant pictured with The Modern Slavery Garden she designed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. This Fresh Garden was built by The Outdoor Room and sponsored by The Modern Slavery Campaign. In March 2015, the British Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act, The Modern Slavery Garden is a celebration of that day. The Modern Slavery Garden is also about looking to the future, when there will be no slaves. The brightly coloured front doors featured in this garden, symbolise the everyday houses and streets that we live on, in contrast, the centre of the garden conflicts with the cheerfully coloured doors, its darker centre depicts the harsh reality – that in the UK there are people held captive and forced to work against their will. The Modern Slavery Garden is designed to raise awareness of the plight of the 13,000 people, who today live and work as slaves in the UK, and the 27 million slaves held worldwide. William Wilberforce stood under an English oak tree in Sussex, when he pledged to dedicate his life to ending slavery in the 1800s. This oak tree lives on today. As a reference to Wilberforce’s pledge and to signify hope, steadfastness and dependability, an oak tree stands, as a prominent feature within the garden. A path designed to signify release and freedom, follows open doors and leads out of the garden.

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