Talk: Wilding author Isabella Tree
Isabella Tree: an award-winning travel writer and author, tells the story of the rewilding of Knepp Estate.
Isabella Tree is an award-winning travel writer and author and married to the conservationist Sir Charles Burrell. She will be in conversation with Cathy St Germans, journalist and co-founder of Port Eliot Festival, about her latest book ‘Wilding’, which tells the amazing story of the couple's daring wildlife experiment: the rewilding of Knepp Estate in West Sussex.
Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy Sussex clay was economically ruinous, they decided to step back and let nature take over. By introducing free-roaming herbivores —proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain— the Burrells’ degraded agricultural land has become a functioning ecosystem again.
In less than 20 years wildlife has rocketed and numerous endangered species have made Knepp their home. The Knepp experience challenges conventional ideas about our past and present landscape, and points the way to a wilder, richer future—a countryside that benefits farming, nature and us.