October 4, 2019

Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm tells the amazing story of the daring wildlife experiment of Isabella Tree and her husband, conservationist Sir Charles Burrell: the rewilding of their 3,500-acre family estate, Knepp Castle. Forced to accept that intensive farming on the clay soil was not working, they decided to step back and let nature take over. By introducing free-roaming herbivores – proxies of large animals that once roamed Britain – their degraded agricultural land became a functioning ecosystem again. In less than 20 years wildlife has rocketed and many endangered species have returned to Knepp. Soils are now providing benefits for the public good: filtering and purifying natural water sources, mitigating against floods, and capturing carbon. The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future.


Isabella Tree is an award-winning author, travel writer, and manager of the the Knepp Wildland Project, together with her husband Charlie. She has contributed writing to National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times, and The Observer, and her articles have been chosen for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader’s Digest Today’s Best Non-Fiction. Ms. Tree is the author of several books, including The Living Goddess and The Bird Man. She lives in England.

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