First special Royal Mail stamps of 2021 feature National Parks

Royal Mail reveals first special stamps of 2021 celebrating 70th anniversary of Britain’s first National Parks – from the Lake District to Dartmoor

  • New stamps celebrate the formation of the first National Parks 70 years ago
  • Landscapes include popular countryside tourist attractions from across the UK 
  • Nationals Parks such as Peak District, the Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor

The Royal Mail has revealed its first special stamps issue of 2021 which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of Britain’s first National Parks.

The stamps include images of some of the UK’s most popular and visited landscapes, featuring the Peak District, the Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, North York Moors, The Broads, New Forest, South Downs, Pembrokeshire Coast and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

The collection covers a range of natural environments, from cold tundra to temperate rainforest, from gigantic sea cliffs to rolling chalk hills, from razor-sharp mountains to marshy wetlands.

The new series of special stamps from the Royal Mail feature popular beauty spots from around the UK, including the South Downs (pictured)

The collection celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of Britain’s first National Parks, including Snowdonia National Park

The range of beautiful images cover a range of natural environments, including this coastal scene at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The pictures depict areas of the most visited and adored place in the UK, such as North York Moors National Park

They are described as places where people have lived, worked, worshipped, farmed and traded for centuries, in ways that have shaped – and been shaped by – the surrounding environment.

The National Parks were created after decades of public effort to open up the countryside to ordinary people, and were formed in the same post-war rebuilding effort as the NHS.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UK’s first four National Parks – the Peak District, the Lake District, Dartmoor and Snowdonia.

In the late 19th century, the limited access ordinary people had to the countryside gave rise to the ‘right to roam’ movement, and in 1932 the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak District galvanised public opinion after five protesters, including the leader Benny Rothman, were given prison sentences.

They are described as places where people have lived, worked, worshipped, farmed and traded for centuries. Pictured: Broads National Park

The National Parks were formed in the same post-war rebuilding effort as the NHS. Pictured: Lake District National Park 

The creation of National Parks came after years decades of effort to open up the countryside to the public. Pictured: New Forest National Park

The UK’s first four National Parks were  the Peak District, the Lake District, Dartmoor and Snowdonia. Pictured: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Royal Mail’s Philip Parker said: ‘Ten spectacular National Parks have been captured in stunning photographs that reflect their diversity and splendour.

‘We are proud to be able to share the beauty of these parks on stamps at a time when so many of us have had our travel restricted.’

The stamps will be on sale from January 14 and will be available on the Royal Mail website, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in Post Offices across the UK.

In the late 19th century, the limited access ordinary people had to the countryside which lead to the rise of the ‘right to roam’ movement

In 1932 the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak District (pictured) galvanised public opinion after five protesters, including the leader Benny Rothman, were given prison sentences.

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