Bright doors and colourful planting illustrate the ordinary streets where we all live. But there is a darker centre to the garden, hinting at a hidden reality; people being kept in captivity and forced to work, in every part of the UK. This garden is intended to raise awareness of the 13,000 slaves in the UK, as well as more than 27 million worldwide.
This struggle is represented by two contrasting atmospheres: empty, lifeless and black inside; colourful and open on the outside. The open doors and path represent the way to freedom for modern slaves. Hope stands in the form of an English oak tree; William Wilberforce stood under such an oak tree when he dedicated his life to ending slavery in the 1800s. (In fact, the original oak is still alive in Sussex.)