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Wilding by Isabella Tree


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Wilding by Isabella Tree
Sep 17, 2019 | ISBN 9781681373713
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“Our species now occupies most of the terrestrial parts of earth and our development projects have vast ecological repercussions. In the Anthropocene, the impact has been and continues to be catastrophic because we lack the humility to recognize we are too ignorant to ‘manage’ Nature. Isabella Tree’s uplifting story of discovering respect and trust in Nature so she can be helped to reflourish is the paradigm shift needed to begin to rewild the planet.” —David Suzuki

Wilding moved me to tears several times, overcome by the beauty of the rejuvenation it describes, the loss of nature it struggles against, and also by the gorgeous clarity of the writing. Wilding is a crucial, important book for everyone to read, especially in how it pushes back against foundational assumptions we all make about wilderness, nature, and how animals live. It is quite simply one of the best books I’ve ever read.” —Jeff VanderMeer

“[F]ans of Roger Deakin, Robert Macfarlane, Nan Shepherd, and other British naturalists will follow right along … A fine work of environmental literature that demands a tolerance for detail and should inspire others to follow suit.” —Kirkus

“By bringing human emotionality to the forefront, Wilding shines a probing light on our relationship with the outdoors.” —Forrest Pritchard, Wall Street Journal

“This wonderfully readable book, which is partly a memoir and partly a plan of action, is an inspirational guide for how to ‘rewild’ a landscape….This honest, thoroughly researched and deeply hopeful book will appeal to everyone—especially farmers—who is concerned about how intensive farming practices are degrading the environment and how to restore nature to ravaged lands.” —Forbes, “Ten of the Best Books About Climate Change, Conservation And The Environment of 2018″

Wilding is one of the most exhilarating books I know. Knepp Castle is a modern marvel, a wild ancient landscape in a modern domestic country, a place filled with birds and animals leading their own independent and remarkable lives. Isabella Tree, who lives there, tells the rich, complicated story of Knepp. As a writer, Tree is both elegant and deeply informed, and the story is full of poetic awareness and scientific foundations. This story will delight anyone who’s interested in nature, wildlife, and hope.” —Roxana Robinson, author of Sweetwater
“In a story that is part personal memoir, part work of conservation, Tree reveals the capacity of the wild to reclaim the land—as long as humans step out of the way.” —Smithsonian, Ten Best Science Books of 2018
Wilding is both a timely and important book.” —Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books
“A poignant, practical, and moving story of how to fix our broken land, this should be conservation’s salvation; this should be its future; this is a new hope.” —Chris Packham
“Every farmer (and perhaps every conservationist) in Britain needs to go and spend a day at Knepp. The Knepp ‘wilding’ project is a vitally important experiment for working out what we can do to let nature back into our farmed landscapes…. This book tells this vital story and deserves to be widely read.” —James Rebanks, author of A Shepherd’s Life
“The remarkable story of an astounding transformation.” —George Monbiot
“Isabella Tree’s apparently quixotic tale of Exmoor ponies, longhorn cattle, red deer and Tamworth pigs roaming free on an aristocratic estate is a hugely important addition to the literature of what can be done to restore soil and soul.” —Caspar Henderson, The Guardian

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