Posti celebrates the UN International Year of Plant Health 2020 with a roll of stamps that features wild flowers in bloom. The UN theme year was suggested by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The goal of the International Year of Plant Health is to provide information and improve the understanding of the importance of healthy plants for food security and the workings of the ecosystem, for example.
In Finland, the International Year of Plant Health also includes taking notice of the decreasing number of pollinators. Without wild flowers and the insects that pollinate them, many crops would also be in trouble. The number of pollinators has decreased because they are lacking nesting places, which people are encouraged to provide by the Hyönteishotellit2020 and Pelasta Pörriäinen campaigns, for example.
The Wild Flowers stamps, designed by Paula Salviander, will be issued as a roll of 100 stamps. The eight different domestic no-value indicator stamp designs included in the roll feature the common hepatica, the lily of the valley, the wild pansy, the harebell, the meadow buttercup, the red clover, the ox-eye daisy and the wood cranesbill.