Stamp Collecting Month celebrated

By Morgan Dyer

Australia Post has released a unique range of stamps to celebrate Stamp Collecting Month.

The stamps are themed In The Garden and were designed to encourage children to roll up their sleeves and take part in sustainable gardening.

Shepparton Post Office manager Judy Chircop said the stamps would encourage individuals, schools and local community gardens to get outdoors and contribute to sustainable gardening.  

“Shepparton is in the heart of Australia’s Food Bowl so we know this year's Stamp Collecting Month theme is especially relevant to our community,” Ms Chircop said.

Award-winning illustrator Andrew Hopgood illustrated a range of sustainable garden practices on the five stamps.

Pictures of worm farms, rainwater gardens and veggie patches are a few of the many sustainable practices being promoted.

The stamps aim to educate people about environmental sustainability, kitchen and edible gardening, plant and animal life cycles and biodiversity.

Ms Chircop said stamp collecting was popular among the Shepparton community.

“Our regular stamp collectors have been very excited for the In the Garden issue,” she said”.

“We had people come in to purchase stamps the morning they were released.

“Stamp Collecting Month is a great opportunity for newcomers to the hobby to start their collection with the beautifully illustrated In the Garden stamps,” she said.

Online education resources including lesson plans and information about the stamps are available online for people to learn more about sustainable gardening.

The stamps and associated products will be available at participating post offices, via mail order and online.