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4 - 9 Jul 2017
The garden celebrates the history of human rights and marks 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.
Different elements within the garden represent the story of Magna Carta as the parent of human rights protections, and the role of Amnesty International championing those rights wherever they are under threat.
A standard tree at the heart of the garden represents the Ankerwycke Yew, under which the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede in 1215. Five fastigiate trees represent the Magna Carta’s ‘offspring’: the Bill of Rights (1689), the Slavery Abolition Act (1833), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) described by one of its architects, Eleanor Roosevelt, as the “international Magna Carta for all mankind”, the European Convention on Human Rights (1950), and the Human Rights Act (UK 1998). Six panels represent the Magna Carta text. Two waterways ‘bubble’ with free speech towards the public, nurturing the increasingly colourful planting palate that represents freedom of expression.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's RHS People's Choice awards – the only vote to be decided by the public.
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