Published on August 13th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
Explore Magnificent Woodlands with Forests Special Stamps
Take a trip through some of the UK’s most iconic and breathtaking woodland environments with the Forests Special Stamps issue.
These six stamps help to truly capture the picturesque and inspirational views within the Forestry Commission and other related forests in the UK and intend to capture the character and variance in colour of these public woodlands.
The Forestry Commission
Serving as the key theme for this enthralling new special stamps issue, the Forestry Commission was first founded in September 1919.
Its key aim was initially to reforest the UK for timber after the First World War lead to clearances of huge areas within the woodlands as part of the ongoing war effort.
Since then, it has gone on to become the main public body responsible for managing and growing public forests and woodland.
As a result of their efforts, the UK has more than doubled its amount of tree cover to almost 12% of its land area within the last century.
While providing sustainable timber to UK industry has become much of the Forestry Commission’s focus, the last 50 years has seen them embrace other areas too, such as wildlife conservation, the preservation of national parks, expertise in scientific research on pests and diseases along with providing a response to climate change.
The Forestry Commission has also become the biggest provider of outdoor recreation in the UK, as it welcomes 600 million visits from tourists and guests to explore its forests and woodlands.
Read on for a preview of the six extraordinary forests featured as part of this glorious celebration of the UK’s most iconic forests and woodland environments.
Forests Special Stamps
1st Class – Glen Affric (Inverness-shire, Scotland)
This Caledonian pine forest sits within the highlands of the country of Scotland.
Ringed by mountains, it has become home to a habitat filled with rich wildlife and has become a popular spot with hikers and mountain bikers alike.
This wonderful stamp design shows Glen Affric during the Autumn months.
1st Class – Westonbirt (The National Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England)
Located in Gloucestershire, Westonbirt is host to 15,000 tree species including some from all over the world.
This exquisite stamp design highlights much of its Autumn colours in the Acer Glade in which people keenly flock to every year.
£1.55 – Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire, England)
Synonymous for its connection with the legendary historical figure of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest is a 450-acre woodland in Nottinghamshire.
It is the home of the Major Oak, one of the UK’s most well-known Oak trees.
£1.55 – Coed y Brenin (Gwynedd, Wales)
Set within Snowdonia’s National Park in the country of Wales, Coed y Brenin has become world famous for its mountain bike tracks.
It also lays claim to containing vast acres of stunning valleys along with eight walking trails and five running trails.
£1.60 – Glenariff Forest (County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Glenariff Forest, also known as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, contains a range of clear and mesmerizing views of Scotland in clear visibility conditions.
It is one of the nine Antrim Glens in Northern Ireland, with this stamp design showcasing one of Glenriff’s three worldwide renowned waterfalls it also hosts.
£1.60 – Kielder Forest (Northumberland, England)
Located in the region of Northumberland, Kielder Forest is regarded as the largest man-made forest in England.
This stamp design highlights Common beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the Autumn season.
Relish the UK’s Finest Forests with the Forests Presentation Pack
All six of these stunning UK forests and woodlands are featured in the Forests Presentation Pack.
The inner of this wonderful pack provides an in-depth overview of forests through the ages, starting with their evolution in the early Neolithic period all the way though covering the significance they go on to hold in society today.
When viewing the outer side of the pack, you are able to view each of the forests featured within each stamp design in more detail and discover more about the diversity of flora and fauna of forests situated throughout the UK.
Also provided as part of the Forests Special Stamps issue is the Forests Stamp Card Pack – a set of six post cards which feature larger reproductions of the designs featured in this delightful issue and a Framed Stamp Set, in which each stamp has been individually mounted and set within a black ash effect frame handmade in the UK to provide the the perfect addition to any wall or showcase area.