Prince Philip: Gun salute fired at the Tower of London
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The entrance to the new floral tribute to the long serving monarch called Superbloom includes a slide down from the entrance. Historic Royal Palaces have recycled the slide that was at a National Trust stately home.
Located in the moat of the world famous fortress, the garden has just opened to visitors.
Around 20 million seeds of 29 different species have been planted to create a truly spectacular garden to commemorate the royal milestone.
The 13th-century moat which once helped defend the Tower from invaders was converted to a lawn in 1845, when the swampy, foetid mess was filled in.
Superbloom has been designed to pay homage to naturally occurring phenomena including flowers and plants.
Rhiannon Goddard, project director for the Historic Royal Palaces’s exhibit, said Superbloom was the “biggest” change at The Tower since 1845.
She said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a rare occurrence to match that.
“People are stepping outside the city and into nature.
“Planting will change but it’s a nice opportunity for people to come down. It’s the biggest change here at the Tower since 1845.”
At the moment purple alliums are in bloom matching the colour of the Jubilee emblem.
Cornflowers are also sprouting a blue colour that serves as a nod to the moat’s water.
However, because we’ve had a relatively dry spring with only 30 percent of the usual rainfall, the full effect hasn’t yet been seen.
Erland Cooper has composed the music that is played in the garden in a 20 minute loop including a three minute harp section.
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According to Cooper, his music was inspired by Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports,” as well as listening and recording traffic.
He said: “The sound of the horns of the traffic feels like they’re part of the score.”
There is also an installation called “The Nest” by artist Spencer Jenkins made from sustainable willow, complete with little port holes for visitors to peep through to see the detail of the flowers on the meadows below.
According to Jenkins, it is designed to make people stop and examine their surroundings.
He said: “It’s designed to slow you down as it opens up to a circular place, to give people space to stop and look.”
At the end of the moat tour there are copper and bronze sculptures of bees along with other insects suspended from stems so they appear to be buzzing above the garden.
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