The Tower of London’s ‘Superbloom’ project for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been developed on the Sheffield Estates
If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because he uses a special blend of seeds that he’s already tested in parks and housing estates across Sheffield.
Nigel, who is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, designed the seed mix for a project called ‘Superbloom’, which is being executed to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee next year.
He will see millions of flowers encircling the tower next summer and has seen Nigel working with the historic royal palaces.
A total of 20 million carefully selected seeds are sown in the tower moat, creating an ever-changing sea of flowers from June to September 2022.
Nigel, who has met the Queen in the past, said: “We hope that the effect of being surrounded by a sea of colorful, sparkling and vibrant flowers will release feelings of pure joy in visitors – it will be an event. so powerful, emotional and celebratory experience.
“We have undertaken a lot of testing and trials to make sure that we offer beautiful impressionistic color blends, a long and continuous flowering sequence, and a wonderful place for pollinating insects.”
In the summer of 2021, Nigel conducted extensive testing at the Sheffield-based social enterprise Green Estate, to ensure that the plantation offers a long and continuous flowering sequence for visitors to enjoy.
Nigel added: “The ‘Superbloom’ Tower of London has its roots in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield and very strong ties to Sheffield. This is the latest in a long line of “designed superflowers” resulting from research in the department. “
“This research, which has resulted in the development of reliably engineered meadow seed mixes, was originally applied in parks and residential areas as well as along highways in Sheffield.
“The demand for these seed mixes grew so high that I formed the University of Sheffield’s Pictorial Meadows company. It is exciting that Pictorial Meadows and Green Estate are closely involved in the realization of the moat project.
“The event has been in the planning and design phase for over a year, but it’s only now that we can talk about it. Suddenly it became real, the first works already starting in the moat.