‘Wilding’ by Isabella Tree (Picadore 2018)

Wilding is the story of the conversion of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex from intensive agricultural to an extensive wildlife refuge. It is a beautifully written account charting the reclamation of the heavy Weald clays by nature; a living demonstration of how nature can still bounce back from the assaults of industrial society and recreate a rich and diverse landscape. The author mixes evocative descriptions of returning nature with statistics, the occasional rant and short biographical stories. The Knepp estate had been variously managed as a game reserve, Barons playground and agricultural enterprise for at least 1000 years. The needs for food self sufficiency in the second world war

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