Garden designer Juliet Sargeant has been asked to design a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
The Modern Slavery Garden will have bright front doors and colour planting that illustrate the ordinary streets where we all live.
There is also a darker centre to the garden that highlights people are still being kept in captivity and forced to work in every part of the UK today.
Juliet Sargeant said: “Outside are the brightly coloured front doors and gardens that we all see as we walk down our own streets everyday… behind those doors people are suffering and so there is a darker centre to the garden.
“The handles and letterboxes are on the outside only. There is no communication inside. Its up to us to open these doors because we are the only ones who can do so for the people who are trapped inside… standing in the darkness at the centre of the garden is a single oak tree which represents the work of William Wilberforce… The two main doors, made of oak, are flung open signifying the way to freedom because there is hope in this – the hope is everyone who is working in this area”
Kevin Hyland, slavery commissioner, said: “It is estimated that between 21 million and 35 million people are in slavery at this very time. In the UK, the government estimates that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 people in slavery. I think projects like this one which are innovative and attract global recognition are essential.”
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show takes place on May 24th to May 28th 2016.
For more information, visit www.julietdesigns.co.uk and Juliet’s Twitter page @JulietSargeant