Wilding : The Return of Nature to a British Farm
by Isabella Tree
A much talked about book that has had a huge impact on conservation in this country. It was an extraordinary leap of faith for Isabella Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell, to abandon conventional intensive agricultural methods and hand their 3,500 acre estate back to Nature. What happened next was an extraordinary and rapid resurgence of Nature: with ecosystems rebuilding and biodiversity reclaiming a once barren land. I so loved reading this book, at a time when the Climate Crisis can seem overwhelmingly hopeless, this is a book so full of hope at how quickly Nature can rebuild itself if given the chance. Isabella Tree also challenges many ingrained attitudes toward land management, food production, ecology and conservation. If you haven’t read it yet and you are interested in the future of farming and Nature I would thoroughly recommend you do.