by Isabella Tree 

An inspiring story about what happens when 3,500 acres of land, farmed for centuries, is left to return to the wild, and about the wilder, richer future a natural landscape can bring.

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical. They would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is considered an affront?

Interview with the Author

Isabella Tree on Wilding
3/16/20       78 min

Lapham’s Quarterly
Episode 48: Isabella Tree
9/13/19      33 min

Town Hall Seattle Science Series
85: Isabella Tree: A Farm’s Return to the Wild
10/17/19      67 min

LIVE! From City Lights
Isabella Tree
1/17/20       63 min

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