HE'S been busy pulling up trees on the track recently but motorsport ace Rory Butcher has also been planting them help drive climate change.

The 34-year-old, who claimed two third places and a fourth at the penultimate round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donnington Park last Sunday, ahead of this weekend's season finale, committed to counteract the carbon footprint generated by travelling to circuits before the start of the season by planting native British trees at venues around the country.

Butcher, whose dad, Derek, is the CEO and owner of Knockhill Racing Circuit, teamed up with the Grounds Care Group's CEO, Adam Brindle, for the initiative, which included the planting of 10 outside the iconic Silverstone circuit, where he claimed two race wins, last month.

"I am thrilled that Silverstone have been so eager to engage with Adam and myself in our tree-planting drive," he said.

"As Britain’s biggest circuit, they are used to leading by example and setting the pace, and this is just another way in which the venue is demonstrating its innovative and forward-thinking approach.

"We all have a duty to look after this world we live in, and racing drivers arguably have a greater responsibility than most given the emissions we generate not only on-track but also in our journeys to and from events.

"I've made no secret of my desire to do what I can to make a difference, and I truly appreciate Silverstone's support, and that of the other circuits that have pledged to work with us, on this."

Brindle commented: "Rory is wholeheartedly invested in our joint initiative and has been fully committed to the cause since day one, and to now have Silverstone come on board with all of its heritage in the sport is fantastic.

"What we are doing here is just one small thing but the bottom line is that if we all contribute and do our bit collectively, it will ultimately make a big difference to the future of our planet."

Stephane Bazire, head of business sustainability, Silverstone, added: "We welcomed the opportunity to support Rory’s initiative to offset his carbon footprint and it’s great to see his obvious passion for environmental sustainability on a personal level.

"The planting of the trees around Stowe Lake will not only improve the visual landscape but will enhance the biodiversity of this little-known area of the venue."