Searching for Common Ground in Rewilding at the Hay Festival

Yesterday I returned to the Cotswolds after a sojourn to the Black Mountains and the Hay Festival (and an unfortunate brief stop on the A417 as a result of car problems). The occasion was to attend rural commentator Rob Yorke‘s discussion panel event at Hay which was themed around ‘rewilding’ (quite a popular subject forContinue reading “Searching for Common Ground in Rewilding at the Hay Festival”

Moving towards a Rewilding Policy

At the Rewilding Dorset event a few weeks ago I was able to speak to Professor Paul Jepson from Oxford University who gave a presentation on the day about the need to link rewilding to the policy agenda, if it is to gain any real traction in the future. Earlier this week Paul released aContinue reading “Moving towards a Rewilding Policy”

Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding – some reflections on the Rewilding Dorset conference

The rewilding fraternity seems to have gathered its main focus thus far around making a case for upland landscapes as the most likely or suitable hosts for rewilding projects. The more productive and urbanised lowlands feature less in the debate. One could say that there are many logical economic and ecological reasons for this. Nonetheless,Continue reading “Pondering the Prospects for Lowland Rewilding – some reflections on the Rewilding Dorset conference”

Earth Day, freedom of thought and 2 billion acts of green

As I write this post a host of world leaders are signing the Paris Climate Agreement in New York. By signing the agreement they commit their country to work towards limiting temperature rises of a maximum of 2 degrees celsius, compared to 1990 levels, and their governments must submit detailed plans as to how theyContinue reading “Earth Day, freedom of thought and 2 billion acts of green”

Visiting the Knepp Estate: A Lesson in Rewilding

Transitional, innovative, exciting, restorative, unique, both agriculturally and economically sensical and questionable concurrently and all in all, a little bit mad! The rewilding project at the Knepp Castle Estate in Sussex, spearheaded by estate owner Charlie Burrell and his superb team, is all of these things and more. My visit yesterday, the first time IContinue reading “Visiting the Knepp Estate: A Lesson in Rewilding”