Day 128

Day 128



An English couple took a chance on a debt-ridden, subsidy dependent farm with poor soil that was only getting worse by intensive agricultural practices. Isabella Tree and her husband, Charles Burrell rewilded the land, by phasing out modern farming practices and reintroducing animal species.

Now the place is thriving. Harvest mice, hedgehogs and hobby falcons, dormice, dung beetles and dingy skipper butterflies, among many others, have established themselves here. Species thought to be locally extinct are returning to the Knepp Estate, which is quietly influencing government policy.

Pink flower-flecked brambles proliferate in knurled mounds, scattered across 3,500 sun-soaked acres of West Sussex scrubland audibly humming with bees. Curvy-horned cows chew rhythmically under shady old oaks among billowing stands of pussywillow and hawthorn. The birdsong is unreal. A thrush sends liquid top notes out across air punctuated by the raucous melody of a feathered orchestra. And above it all, a stork wheels.”


Photo: Ian Cunliffe / Deer in Knepp Wildland, Sussex\_in\_Knepp\_Wildland,\_Sussex\_(geograph\_6381053).jpg

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