Each year since then, the Carlo Naef Trophy has been awarded by the trustees of the society as a mark of recognition and appreciation of the work carried out by the recipient for the UK flower bulb industry.
This year the trophy has been awarded to Roger Taylor in recognition of his lifetime involvement within the Taylor family’s horticultural and farming business based in Holbeach, Lincolnshire and also his personal dedication and association with the broader daffodil bulb and flower growing industry to which he has given much of his own free time in order to help improve public awareness of this horticultural sector.
David Norton, chief executive of Springfields, said: "Roger has worked in the family business since the 1960s and with his two brothers, John and Brian, formed O A Taylors & Sons which today is the main UK supplier of pre-packed bulbs to garden centres, retailers and other outlets all around the country. This business employs over 60 full-time staff which builds up to 250 in the main bulb packing season. Roger’s personal commitment to staff training has resulted in the company achieving and maintaining full Investors in People accreditation. Taylors Bulbs also holds the Royal Warrant as Bulb Grower to HM the Queen as it also did for the HM the Queen Mother."
Outside of his commitments to the business, Roger Taylor always found the time to be involved with, and give time to, a range of other organisations including various NFU and Grower Committees, the Spalding Flower Parade and Springfields Horticultural Society itself. He has also had a long-standing involvement with the Royal Warrant Association and between 1998/99 he was president of the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders.
Norton added: "Roger has always been a dedicated supporter of the daffodil bulb and flower industry and those who work within it, whether they are pickers in the fields, working in the packing departments or in the wide range of other associated roles, and it is therefore justly fitting that he should receive this recognition from the industry that he has supported all his life, an award that his colleagues and associates would like him to accept as a sincere thank you for his efforts on their behalf and as a sign of their appreciation of his considerable achievements".
The award was presented by Adrian Jansen, vice-chairman of Springfields Horticultural Society at the recent Lincolnshire Daffodil Society show held at Springfields Events Centre, Spalding.