Rewilding…The Lake District

On Thursday 29th October, George Monibot, will once more dare to set foot in Cumbria to discuss his experiences, beliefs and his much-debated views…

The controversial Guardian columnist, environmentalist and activist Monbiot has detailed his quest to restore the natural world… he has articulately re-envisioned what it is to be wild and has numerous occasions emphasised its value beyond any purely romantic notions.

You may recall he once called the Lake District “one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” and claimed the fells of the national park have been “thoroughly sheepwrecked” and has stated that “you’ll see more wildlife in Birmingham”.

During the evening Monbiot will spend time talking about ideas outlined in his book ‘Feral : Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding’.
He will discuss his dream of a wilder Britain in which ultimately a programme of rewilding would replace entire areas of sheep farming with natural ecosystems and restore species that have long since disappeared.

George firmly believes the reintroduction of missing species such as boar, wolves, bison, lynx and elk would revive the land and the people who are part of it. That “wildlife-watching” could become an important industry, and that hill farmers would need only re-skill to find themselves “in high demand” as wardens and guides…

It is inevitable that in the heart of hill faming country such sentiments will spark lively audience debate during the Q&A session…

Audience members will have the opportunity to hear George speak and question his rationale at The Old Fire Station, Penrith, from 7pm, tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for under 16’s.
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