The World in Time

Isabella Tree

Friday, September 13, 2019

“When Nature Painted All Things Gay”, by Alfred Parsons, 1887. Photograph © Tate (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0).

“We’re only really just beginning to look at the soil,” the writer Isabella Tree says on this week’s episode of The World in Time, “at the ground beneath our feet.” The award-winning author spoke with Lewis H. Lapham about her book Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm and the Knepp Wildland Project that inspired it—Tree and her husband Charlie Burrell’s attempt to learn about and help the environment by simply letting their 3,500-acre estate be, slowly returning it to the wild. Now nightingales, bees, turtle doves, peregrine falcons, and purple emperor butterflies proliferate. As Lapham notes in their conversation, Tree’s estate brings the nature of Shakespeare back to life.


Lewis H. Lapham talks with Isabella Tree, author of Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm.


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