Issue Date: 15/05/2016
Issue Name: Animail Miniature Sheet First Day Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Royal Mail have 'tried to have some fun with this stamp issue' with child friendly stamps which feature six animal characters; 1st Class Woodpecker, 1st Class Snake, £1.05 Chimpanzee, £1.05 Bat, £1.33 Orangutan & £1.33 Koala.
Andrew Osbourne, who designed the stamp was challenged to devise interactive stamps that particularly appealed to children and encouraged them to brighten up their letter and cards. He wanted 'to push the envelope' whilst working within the constraints of the technical requirements around postage stamps including the need for them to be easily read by Royal Mail sorting machines.
The variety of shapes and colours are sure to appeal to the younger generation and we have teamed up with 'Farms for City Children' to produce this fantastic first day cover. The charity celebrate their 40th Anniversary this year.
The logo printed on every cover (as you can probably guess) is the artwork of Sir Quentin Blake. Probably most famous for his illustrations in Roald Dahl books, Quentin is a Vice-President of the charity.
Farms for city children
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. The charity offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.
We now have three working farms, where we welcome around 3,000 children and 400 teachers a year.
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For this fantastic cover we have worked with the charity Farms for City Children, set up by Michael and Clare Morpurgo 40 years ago. Farms for City Children enables children from inner city areas to become farmers for a week. The charity runs three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience.