The Book of Wilding

by Isabella Tree


Science; Nature



Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published May 2023

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A Practical Guide to Rewilding, Big and Small

A blueprint for how to rewild the world around us.

The enormity of climate change and biodiversity loss can leave us feeling overwhelmed. How can an individual ever make a difference?

Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell know firsthand how spectacularly nature can bounce back if you give it the chance. And what comes is not just wildlife in super-abundance, but solutions to the other environmental crises we face. The Book of Wilding is a handbook for how we can all help restore nature. It is ambitious, visionary and pragmatic.

The book has grown out of Isabella and Charlie’s mission to help rewild Britain, Europe and the rest of the world by sharing knowledge from their pioneering project in Sussex. They receive droves of requests from individuals wanting to learn how to rewild gardens, allotments, churchyards; as well as community groups keen to influence local authorities to transform parks, roadside verges, riverbanks and other public spaces. The Book of Wilding has the answers.

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. It is learning how to contribute to a living landscape, the life-support system that will save our planet from calamity and deliver us a prosperous and sustainable future. Deeply researched and fully illustrated, this book explains how every one of us can play a part in rewilding our world. It is both practical guide and call to action. Above all, it is a manifesto of hope.

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