Event 38

Saturday 11th November 2023 | 12 noon

Event 38 | Isabella Tree | The Book Of Wilding


Isabella Tree – The Book Of Wilding – A Practical Guide to Rewilding Big and Small

Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell know firsthand how spectacularly nature can bounce back if you give it the chance. The Book of Wilding is a handbook for how we can all help to restore nature. Ambitious, visionary and pragmatic, the book has grown out of Isabella and Charlie’s mission to rewild Britain, Europe and the rest of the world by sharing knowledge from their pioneering project at Knepp. It is a response to people wanting to rewild everything from unprofitable farms, rivers, churchyards, urban allotments, public spaces, parks and gardens.

In conversation with Julia Hailes

The Kenneth Allsop Memorial Talk, introduced by Tristan Allsop

When: Saturday 11th November 2023 @ 12 noon
Where: Electric Palace
Sponsored by: Julia Hailes


Isabella Tree is an award-winning journalist and author, and lives with her husband, the conservationist Charlie Burrell, in the middle of a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex. She is author of five non-fiction books. Her book Wilding, the story of the ambitious journey she and Charlie undertook to rewild their farm, has sold quarter of a million copies worldwide and been translated into 8 languages. It won the Richard Jefferies prize for nature writing, was shortlisted for the Wainwright prize and was one of the Smithsonian’s top ten science books for 2018. In 2022, Isabella served on the Mayor of London’s Rewilding London Task Force. 

Charlie Burrell is chair of Foundation Conservation Carpathia – the biggest rewilding project in Europe, and the White Stork Project. He is a co-founder of Rewilding Britain, and sits on the board of the Arcadia Fund and the oversight committee for the Endangered Landscapes Programme. He also chairs rePlanet Wildlife and Nattergal Ltd, sister companies involved in nature restoration. 

Julia Hailes MBE Julia describes herself as a sustainability pioneer, campaigner, consultant, writer, and speaker, as well as being pro-Wilding, a climate activist, an e-bike enthusiast, a promoter of renewable energy, and an expert in waste-related issues.  She has written or co-written nine books, including the best-selling Green Consumer Guide, published in 1988, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Currently, Julia is focused on rewilding – in 2022 hosting the UK’s first annual Wilding Weekend at her home in Dorset. She regularly speaks on this issue.
Son of the distinguished broadcaster Kenneth Allsop and his wife Betty, Tristan Allsop grew up with an abiding interest in nature and the countryside.  After Kent University, he joined the BBC as a research assistant trainee which led to a distinguished career as a director/producer in the general features/documentary department including the award winning series Man Alive and World About Us.  In 1983 he joined an independent production company to produce current affairs series for Channel 4.  The last 20 years of his working life were spent with one company specialising in satellite-delivered live internal communications programming.  Tristan and his family moved to Bridport in 2010 close to where his father had lived and continued as an energetic campaigner for the natural world and has embraced the cultural life of the town.



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