WHGS Superbloom and Tower of London Trip
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Tuesday 5 July 2022
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, from May to September 2022, the Tower Moat in London has been hosting a breath-taking ‘Superbloom’; transforming the space within the Tower of London into a flower-filled landscape. William Hulme’s Grammar School, along with other schools across the UK, were invited to also spread this joy by creating a series of ‘Superblooms’ in their own settings.
Here at WHGS, our Primary Eco Team have incorporated a recycling theme to this project by upcycling old tyres to use as planters and even we found a new use for Nursery’s old sandpit. The Primary Phase children have worked hard on this project, making newspaper seed pots to plant the seeds in, looking after the seedlings as they grew and then planting them in our new planters.
The WHGS Superbloom Team also kept a blog of their progress over the past few months: https://sway.office.com/dKNWYk35gFzKpjrU?ref=Link
Also, group of our Secondary and Sixth Form students were also fortunate to travel to London to see the Superbloom at the Tower of London. Here is one student's account of the day...
Tuesday 5th July 2022
Today, the WHGS Superbloom Team travelled to London to see the Superbloom at the Tower of London. A group of 30 Secondary and Sixth Form students boarded a coach at 6am in the morning, ready for a long journey to see the long-awaited Superbloom display. The journey was made easier by staff members, Miss Mcguinn, Mr McMenamin and Mrs Carter who joined efforts to provide care for all the students.
As we crossed over the Tower Bridge, excitement began to build as elements of the Superbloom came into sight. When everyone was off the bus we walked to the Tower of London, where we were given wristbands to enter the Tower. We were all excited to be welcomed and began taking pictures of the exterior of the Tower.
We walked to one of the buildings surrounding the tower and joined other schools from around the country in celebrating the Superbloom achievement. We were also met with a special song from a guest speaker, and we collectively celebrated that the Superbloom team had distributed over 20 million seeds nationally, allowing for biodiversity in all schools in the UK. Over 29 species of flowers were chosen for their colour and ability to attract wildlife. Even as we walked through the Superbloom, we could see an assortment of bees, birds and butterflies, as habitants of the garden. We were gifted an award from the Superbloom Co-ordinators, presented by a Warden of the Tower of London. We were even given individual gift bags from the Tower of London Superbloom Team to commemorate our hard work.
It was finally time to make our way to the Superbloom display. We were met with a huge garden of different coloured flowers. Pink, purple, red, yellow, blue; it was a beautiful haven where wildlife lived. As you walked along you could see the butterflies and bees flying around and exploring their habitat. We passed a caretaker watering a section of the plants; he explained that people would spray the flowers multiple times over the course of the day, to keep them healthy.
The Superbloom was designed to allow you to walk down paths through the big garden and fully experience the beauty of it. Different assortments of flowers covered each section around the Tower, all of them more breath-taking than the last. As we walked around the Tower, the moat we were in was filled with fun scenery. There were walkways twisting through the sections, there were bridges to cross and there was even a nest structure to walk through.
We regrouped at around 2.30pm and spent the remaining time we had in the Tower of London gift shop, looking for the perfect trinket to capture our day. At around 3.00pm we boarded back on the coach. The coach even drove past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, both of which were extraordinary to see. Soon we left London and arrived back in Manchester for 9.00pm.
Rajvinder Kaur (12ATR)