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Isabella Tree talks to Ben Goldsmith

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

Hay Festival 2023, 

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.

Isabella Tree talks to Ben Goldsmith