The Body Shop Garden

Sanctuary Gardens
The conceptual garden tells a story of environmental and societal regeneration, a journey from a state of burnout to wellbeing.

The space and shape of the garden-as-sculpture are defined by a series of Corten steel arches in various states of char, dividing three segments of planting that tell the regeneration story from charcoaled, diminished forest floor to a verdant, diverse explosion of plant life. The rhythm of the arches, a key feature, defines the passing of time for the viewer.

The garden was inspired by the new generation of change-makers and activists, of the stress and anxiety of social challenges they face while continuing to fight global issues ranging from climate change to race. The garden has a positive message – if we take the time to nurture ourselves and our environment, life can thrive.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.