Forced bulb show numbers double

Springfields turns corner according to organisers

Britain’s only forced bulb show has turned the corner, according to Springfields Horticultural Society chief executive David Norton. Attendance doubled from 2,000 to 4,000 as the show changed its focus to reflect the retail outlet that is now open on the site. This year, 1,800 schoolchildren took part in hyacinth-growing and vegetable-sculpting contests. Taylors Bulbs director John Taylor presented bulb specialist Andrew Tompsett with the Carlo Naef trophy in recognition of his contribution to the UK flower industry. He was deputy director at Cornish experimental horticulture station Rosewarne from 1969 to 1989 and pioneered many new daffodils. There is a “glut” of daffodils from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly this spring because of last year’s warm weather, Tompsett said. He added that over-production of Cornish daffodils has led to growers getting just 16p a bunch. There is also an over-supply of pickers, with many coming from new EU countries in eastern Europe.

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