This garden is a celebration of the British Parliament passing the Modern Slavery Act which became law on 26 March 2015. However, the passage of a law is just the beginning. Ninety per cent of actual change in circumstances is as a result of law enforcement and the general public so it’s with this thought in mind that a committee of like-minded individuals from all walks of life came together with the idea to do a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
They are disturbing numbers to read but current statistics tell us that there are an estimated 13,000 slaves living in UK and more than 27 million people worldwide. The aim of this garden is to raise public awareness of this issue. “Being involved in the RHS Chelsea Flower show affords us a wonderful opportunity to of get the message into the living rooms of the great British public, build support and end modern slavery” Mirabelle Galvin, Modern Slavery Garden Committee Member.
Dickson Nurseries, based in County Down Northern Ireland, has developed the ‘Modern Slavery Rose’, for the Garden. The rose will be formally launched on the garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Monday 23 May.
Sargeant’s design will include bright front doors and colourful planting, which will illustrate the ordinary streets where we all live. But there will be a darker centre to the garden, which hints at a hidden reality; people still being kept in captivity and forced to work, in every part of the UK today.