Now available from the Post and Go terminals in 30 Crown Post Offices are six illustrated stamps featuring Garden Birds. The birds chosen are some of the most commonly seen in gardens in the UK, the Robin, Starling, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Goldfinch and Wood Pigeon.
The stamps are designed by Kate Stephens, the UK’s most prolific female stamp designer, and illustrated by wildlife artist and ornithologist Robert Gillmor. Gillmor’s bird images were made using the linocut method and an old printing press. Speaking to Eastern Daily Press recently, Gillmor said:
It is very interesting that my stamps will appear on people’s letters and parcels using the latest technology, especially as my artwork was created using a 161-year-old printing press.
Post and Go terminals are a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels. While the Garden Birds stamps are only available in 30 Post Offices (see the list below), a second set in the Birds of Britain series will be available from all Post and Go terminals from next year.
Two pictorial First Day of Issue postmarks are available, one with a map of the British Isles and the other with a speckled egg.
Unstamped Royal Mail First Day Cover envelopes (price 30p) are only available from the 30 Post Offices selling the Garden Birds Post and Go stamps. Alternatively, collectors may send stamped covers for the first day of issue to Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, quoting reference FD10 39 (Tallents House) or to any Special Handstamp Centre quoting reference FD10 40 (BRISTOL pictorial postmark) or FD10 40NP (non-pictorial).
Location of Post & Go machines selling Garden Birds pictorial stamps
East of England
Stevenage – 22-23 Westgate, Stevenage, SG1 1QR
Cambridge – 9-11 St Andrew Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
Southend-on-Sea – 199-201 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 1LL
Colchester – 68-70 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX
Castle Mall, Norwich – 84-85 Castle Meadow Walk, Castle Mall, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Milton Keynes – 17-19 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH
Luton – The Arndale Centre, 42-44 Smith Lane, Luton, LU1 2LP
Old St – 205 Old Street, London, EC1V 9QN
Trafalgar Sq – 24-28 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DL
Croydon – 10 High Street, Croydon, CR9 1HT
City of London – 12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ
Baker St – 111 Baker Street, London, W1U 6SG
Paddington Quay – Unit 6, West End Quay, 4 Praed Street, London, W2 1JE
Nottingham – Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BN
Walsall – Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1AA
Birmingham – 1 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AA
Durham – 33 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RE
York – 22 Lendal, York, YO1 8DA
Grimsby – 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1AA
Harrogate – 11 Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1AA
Corn Exchange, Liverpool – India Building, ‘Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RR
Belfast – 12 – 16 Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 1LT
Glasgow – 47 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QX
Edinburgh – 8-10 St James Centre, Edinburgh, EH1 3SR
Portsmouth – Slindon Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
Truro – High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AP
Plymouth – 5 St Andrews Cross, St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1AB
The Galleries, Bristol – Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XX
Exeter – 28 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ
Cardiff – 45-46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY
The Post and Go stamps are also available from Stampex.