The Modern Slavery Garden

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In the spring of 2015 the British Parliament passed the The Modern Slavery Act. This garden is a celebration of that day. The garden also looks forward, to a day when there are no slaves.

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 are still being kept in captivity and forced to work, in every part of the UK today. 
Hope is depicted in the form of an English oak tree; it was under such an oak that William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery in the 1800s. The metaphor of a solid, dependable and faithful oak threads through the story of the garden, which ends with open doors leading to the path of freedom.

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