A special stamp issue incorporating real poppy seeds will be issued by Jersey Post on 6 May 2014 to help raise funds for the Poppy Appeal throughout the year. The stamp issue consists of six stamps and a Miniature Sheet which feature specially commissioned paintings of poppies to commemorate the historic and significant occasion of the Centenary of the First World War on 4 August 2014.
Poppy seeds have been encapsulated in two of the designs, sealed behind a thin, transparent, bio-degradable plastic cover. The stamps can be used for posting letters as usual but they can also be planted, gradually decomposing as the seeds start to grow, producing the striking red flowers which are so strongly associated with remembrance.
Jersey Post’s Business Development Director, Gary Carroll, explains: “Special seed stamp packs containing the two seed stamps will be on sale throughout May. The packs are priced at £1.50 and, for every packet sold, 75p will be donated to the Jersey Branch of the Royal British Legion. As poppies only grow during the spring and summer months, we are encouraging everyone to grow their poppy stamps during May and June so the flowers are in bloom in time for the 4 August Centenary.”
Jersey Post is encouraging everyone to ‘buy a pack to plant, buy a pack to post’, so that friends and family can also join in and plant seed stamps. Full instructions on how to plant the seed stamps are included in the packet.
Jersey Post is also donating a percentage of all philatelic sales from the full product range of the Remembrance issue. Philatelic stamp products such as the set, Miniature Sheet, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com