Modern Slavery Garden
  • In the spring of 2015 the British parliament passed

    The Modern Day Slavery Act.

  • The Modern Slavery Garden

    is a celebration of that day

  • The Garden also looks forward,

    to a day when there are no slaves.

The Garden

The Modern Slavery Garden won both Gold and the BBC / RHS People's Choice Award at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The bright front doors and colourful planting illustrate the ordinary streets where we all live. But there is 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.

Modern Day Slavery

Modern day slavery hides behind closed doors. It is happening in our streets, towns and cities today; right here, right now.

Can I ask you a question?

Today over 27 million people are trapped in modern slavery around the world. We have the power to change this and make slavery history.

Will you join us and #askthequestion?

Are you supporting slavery?

Slavery might be closer to home than you think

Modern Day Slavery Behind Closed Doors

Is there slavery behind the doors in your street? Has slaves been used in making the product you want to buy?

There are 28 million slaves in the world today. Europe has an estimated 600.000 slaves. And in the UK there are estimated to be 13.000 victims of slavery. Up to 5.000 women are living in London as slaves today.

We have to do something about this. The Modern Slavery Garden is an initiative to make the world aware of this issue. The Modern Slavery Garden is being created for the Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

A21 is The Modern Slavery Garden's lead charity partner. A21 exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century. They are a non-profit organization who believe that together, we can end human trafficking.


The Modern Slavery Garden's honorary committee

Bishop of London

The Bishop is Dean of Her Majesty's Chapels Royal.

Slavery is a blight on the modern world. This earth could be a Paradise – a Persian word which means ‘a garden’ – if we made other human beings our work of art.

Baroness Cox

Baroness Cox is a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords. She also is the founder and CEO of an organisation called the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART).

Behind each statistic is a human being - a man, woman, or child; and behind each human being is a family and a community which have been devastated or destroyed. I hope this garden shares and spreads a passion for freedom for all people.

Kevin Hyland

Kevin Hyland, OBE is the United Kingdom's first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, leading efforts to tackle slavery and human trafficking.

It's estimated that between 21 million and 35 million people are in slavery at this very time… In the UK the government estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 people in slavery. I think projects like this one which are innovative, which will attract attention, which will get global recognition, are essential.

Frank Field MP

Frank Field is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead since 1979.

Two hundred years ago Britain led a global abolitionist movement by example. This example wasn’t set merely by our navy, our politicians or our business leaders. It was a grassroots movement from the ground up, with ordinary people doing what they could to raise awareness and demand change. That is exactly what the Modern Slavery Garden represents today. It is a creative, heartfelt reminder of a cruelty happening right before our eyes, which attracts our attention and calls us to action.

Jonathan Aitken

Jonathan Aitken is a former Conservative Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom for 24 years, and a former British government Cabinet minister.

The garden is an original, powerful and inspirational reminder that the fight against modern slavery still needs a lot of fighting

Lady March

Slavery is an ugly but accurate word. I hope this thought-provoking garden will help people confront a reality that we would so often rather forget. With enough social and political will we can transform the lives of people unable to speak for themselves.

Beth Redman

Author, speaker, singer, mother and campaigner. Ambassador for A21.

We speak about the millions, and the statistics are so overwhelming, but when we look at this design and we go forward with this project, we must remember the one, remember the lives that have been so broken, these young women and men kept behind closed doors… through this partnership we must remember that these lives can become like the oak tree in the garden which is such a symbol of light and life and freedom.

Lady Reading

I hope the Modern Slavery Garden at Chelsea reminds us all of the important work that needs still to be done in order to finish the job Wilberforce started.

Charlie Blythe

Along with being a human rights activist, fashion enthusiast and wife, Charlie is the UK Director of The A21 Campaign.

We are proud to support Juliet Sargeant and The Modern Slavery Garden, in this innovative approach to raise awareness of this grave violation of human rights. Gardening is an excellent metaphor for growth and change. Transforming and encouraging the growth and development of plants require hard work, patience and a great deal of cultivation. Creating and implementing change to fight injustice and abolish modern slavery in the 21st century requires similar dedication, hard work and patience.

James Ewins QC

James Ewins is a barrister, called to the Bar in 1996 and currently practicing in London. James worked as the Director of International Justice Mission's (IJM) Bangalore office where he coordinated the field operations to rescue, release and rehabilitate the victims of bonded labour in partnership with local law enforcement agencies.

My hope is that we can all get a fresh passion to see this world changed, to see the broken hearted made whole, to see the captives set free and to see people healed and restored.

The Earl of Haddo

By accepting the Modern Slavery Garden the RHS has demonstrated the link that can exist between horticulture and the great issues of our time. I hope this garden's legacy reaches well beyond Chelsea and inspires real change.

Sam Lawson Jonhston

This garden at Chelsea signifies the horror of slavery in the UK but also signifies a glimpse of hope that, united and with humility, we can tackle this serious exploitation and wipe it from our society.

Pip Goring

My hope is that we can all get a fresh passion to see this world changed, to see the broken hearted made whole, to see the captives set free and to see people healed and restored.

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