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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:52

The Royal Mail is celebrating 50 years of stamps marking special occasions and famous faces with a new website, which includes a design from 2000 inspired by the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The first class stamp, which features a striking sunflower design, was part of a set released to commemorate millennium projects.

The special stamps started in 1965 with a set to mark the centenary of the Salvation Army, while the first set of 2015 has been inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Every special stamp the Royal Mail has released is now available to view at www.rmspecialstamps.com.

Judith Donovan CBE, Non-executive Chairman of the Eden Project, said: “This collection of special stamps marks the defining moments of our nation over the past 50 years, with a series of eye-catching designs.

“As one of the UK’s most high-profile landmarks, the Eden Project is proud to be in such good company as part of this collection.”

The Eden Project opened for the “Big Build” in May 2000 before fully opening to the public in March 2001. Since opening, it has welcomed more than 16 million visitors and contributed £1.4bn to the regional economy.