Models roll up their sleeves to save butterflies

Mr England, Miss Coventry and Miss Rugby joined staff and volunteers at Butterfly Conservation's Ryton Wood Meadows nature reserve for a world record breaking attempt that will benefit rare butterflies.

As part of National Tree Week, BBC Breathing Places tasked the public to set a new record for planting the most trees in one hour. Trees were planted across the UK at 11:00 on Saturday, with the aim to plant a million, beating the current record of 653,143 trees. Results are being counted and the BBC is expected to announce whether the attempt was succesful later this week.

Pictured from left to right: Miss Galaxy Coventry - Kirstie Logan, Miss Earth Hinckley - Chelsie Griffin, Mr England - Andreas Kattou, Miss Coventry - Rebecca Morton.

Ryton Wood Meadows is part of a landscape conservation initiative restoring habitat for threatened butterflies in the Princethorpe Woods area.

Rare species will reap the rewards from the 747 Blackthorn shrubs and Elm trees planted on our reserve.

The White-letter Hairstreak became endangered in the 1970's when Dutch Elm Disease killed much of their foodplant. The even rarer Brown Hairstreak butterfly cannot survive without Blackthorn hedges on which to lay its eggs.

Mike Slater, Butterfly Conservation's Princethorpe Woods Project Officer said: "The woods at Princethorpe provide a haven for wildlife in Warwickshire. We've been managing this site for 20 years now and already seen a fantastic increase in butterflies. Butterflies, moths and other animals will all benefit hugely from the new plants. Many thanks to everyone who took part."

The Princethorpe Woods project has been funded by Biffa award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.