Campaign says collaborating gardeners offer solution to stop butterflies' extinction

The HTA's Plant For Life campaign has challenged Britain's gardeners to help save four butterfly species that are on the verge of extinction.

Plant For Life and Butterfly Conservation have teamed up to launch a public awareness campaign providing simple gardening advice "to help keep Britain's gardens fluttering".

The Make Your Garden Flutter guide, developed by Plant For Life, advises gardeners to:

  • plant nectar-rich plants such as cowslip and bugle, which will encourage butterflies;
  • plant a variety of flowers that are available from early spring to autumn, such as Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin', that provide the fuel to keep butterflies airborne;
  • plant shrubs and small trees such as common honeysuckle to provide shelter.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins said: "There is already debate about the decline of butterflies in Britain. The Make Your Garden Flutter campaign offers a simple solution through planting."

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