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A royal visit for Superbloom at the Tower of London


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The wildflowers that have taken over the moat at the Tower of London have got the royal seal of approval during a special visit.

The Princess Royal has toured Superbloom to see how it’s transformed the space around the ancient royal residence into a wildlife haven.

Superbloom was planted to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and, in the last months, has blossomed into a glowing garden in the heart of London.

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Princess Anne saw the evolving nature of the garden during her visit as the early blooms give way to the later summer flowers.

She also met volunteers at the installation who help to guide thousands of people around the Jubilee event.

Over twenty million seeds were planted in the moat at the Tower to start Superbloom which is the first stage of a long term project to turn the space into a new natural landscape.

Fifteen different seed mixes were used to produce different waves of colour throughout the summer.

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Among the flowers chosen are bright red poppies which grow in the same spacer that the famous ‘Poppies at the Tower’ stood in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

As visitors approach the poppies, they hear a specially composed ambient score by Erland Cooper. ‘Music for Growing Flowers’. Superbloom also features art installations including ‘The Nest’ by Spencer Jenkins while the east side of the Tower is decorated with copper and brass insects including dragonflies, designed by Mehrdad Tafreshi.

Superbloom is open through the summer.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.