GLEN Affric will take centre stage on mail across the UK after a stunning image of the Highland beauty spot featured in a new series of Royal Mail stamps.
The classic viewpoint westward along the loch features in the new six-strong series of stamps, which all feature beautiful and inspirational views of forests from across the British Isles.
The launch marks the 100th anniversary of the Forestry Commission, which was founded in September 1919 in a bid to reforest the UK following hefty clearances in World War I to fuel the war effort.
Valued for their environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, flood prevention and providing habitats for wildlife, the UK’s forests generate hundreds of millions of visits per year – enabling the public to enjoy woodlands for activities from walking and picnicking to birdwatching and mountain biking.
And the stamps, which showcase the character and varied colours of the UK’s forests, are available to pre-order now from www.royalmail.com/forests
As well as Glen Affric, other UK locations to feature include Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Kielder Forest in Northumberland, Gwynedd’s Coed y Brenin and Glenariff Forest in County Antrim.
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Glouctershire, is also included.
Although the Forestry Commission retains responsibility for forests and woodlands in England, its roles have since been devolved in Scotland.
PK Khaira-Creswell, the director of the Forestry Commission centenary, said, “Our centenary is all about inspiring people to share our passion for forests and help us protect and improve them for generations to come. We are proud to be custodians of these stunning landscapes, which are indispensable for people and wildlife.”
Philip Parker, from the Royal Mail, added: “On the Forestry Commission’s centenary these striking new stamps celebrate the beauty and tranquillity of our public woodlands, and the inspiring range of environments which receive hundreds of millions of visits each year.”
The stamps go on general sale on August 13 from www.royalmail.com/forests and in 7000 Post Offices throughout the UK.