MORE than 450 species of wild plants currently face national extinction, and to highlight the threat to our native flora, Royal Mail is issuing ten examples of our endangered plants.
Issued on 19 May in a se-tenant block of ten 1st Class stamps, Plants is the third in Royal Mail’s Action for Species series, which examines the UK’s endangered flora and fauna. The stamps are also accompanied by a special four-stamp Miniature Sheet which celebrates the 250th anniversary of the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Royal Mail worked closely with experts from conservation groups, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Natural History Museum to select the ten endangered plants, which despite their threatened status, do represent a degree of recent conservation success.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: “It’s easy to forget that plants underpin the whole ecosystem and I hope that these beautifully illustrated stamps will help to bring to people’s attention the serious threat to wild plants in the UK.
At the same time we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, one of the greatest centres of excellence for plant conservation and the great pleasure it gives to people from all over the world.”
We have ten sets of stamps to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one simply e-mail the answer to the following question, along with your name and address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please entitle your e-mail "Flora & Fauna Stamps Competition".
How many species of stamps currently face the prospect of extinction in the UK?