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Longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for Nature Writing
“This must be the most inspirational nature book of the year . . . a narrative of conservation, courage, vision and miracles…” Bel Mooney, 'The Year's Best Books on Nature' - Daily Mail
In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.
Forced to accept that intensive farming on the heavy clay of their land at Knepp was economically unsustainable, Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell made a spectacular leap of faith: they decided to step back and let nature take over. Thanks to the introduction of free-roaming cattle, ponies, pigs and deer – proxies of the large animals that once roamed Britain – the 3,500 acre project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife numbers and diversity in little over a decade. Wilding is an astonishing account of the beauty and strength of nature, when it is given as much freedom as possible.