Event 219

Isabella Tree talks to Ben Goldsmith

The Book of Wilding: A Practical Guide to Rewilding, Big and Small

Baillie Gifford Stage

The enormity of climate change and biodiversity loss can leave us feeling overwhelmed. How can an individual ever make a difference? Isabella Tree and her husband, conservationist Charlie Burrell, know first-hand how spectacularly nature can bounce back if we give it the chance. And what comes is not just wildlife in super-abundance, but solutions to the other environmental crises we face. Rewilding is a spectrum, and everyone is on it. Whether we have a garden or a window-box, a tree or some roadside verge, there is no space too small. Tree’s The Book of Wilding is a handbook for how we can all help restore nature. It is ambitious, visionary and pragmatic and explains how every one of us can play a part in rewilding our world. Tree talks about her manifesto of hope with Ben Goldsmith, author of God is an Octopus: Loss, Love and a Calling to Nature, in which, struggling to comprehend the shocking death of his teenage daughter, he finds solace in immersing himself in plans to rewild his Somerset farm.

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