The garden has been inspired by the devastating effects of the ivory trade. We would like our garden to send a strong message that this has to stop. Our garden will have a sombre atmosphere, whilst also being hugely thought provoking and emotive. The garden is circular and visitors will be encouraged to walk through a ring of tusk arches. There are one hundred pairs of tusks, representing the approximate amount of African elephants killed by poachers each day. As the visitor walks through the arch, sounds of the African savanna will play around them, adding to the atmosphere.
As you reach the end of the arch walk, the garden opens up into an African savanna, where the bones of an elephant lay in the dust, as a symbol of the uncomfortable truth that is imminent if action is not taken in the very near future. The visitors can walk around paths in this central area, before exiting the garden. The planting throughout will be natural African savanna style. Arid grasses, plants and trees will help create a real sense of Africa. We will be using orange/yellow stone for the pathways, again in keeping with the African dirt tracks.