Wild about Wilding

THE new series of Help Our Planet talks, by leading scientists, environmentalists and writers, continues at Sladers Yard, West Bay, on Wednesday 29th March, when Julia Hailes will discuss the practicalities and necessity of rewilding.

Julia Hailes is a sustainability pioneer with more than 35 years in the green sector. She’s a campaigner, writer, speaker, consultant and entrepreneur – and has written or co-written nine environmental books, including The Green Consumer Guide, which sold more than one million copies worldwide.

She was the co-founder, with John Elkington in 1987, of the environmental think tank and consultancy, SustainAbility, and advises blue chip companies such as Procter & Gamble and M&S.

Julia has transformed the land around her home in West Dorset to embrace wildlife.

Being an environmentalist is not the same as being an ecologist, she says: “I’ve had to learn about wilding from experts and it has been a fascinating journey. I’d like to share my story and demonstrate why wilding is for everyone.

“Each of us has the potential to reverse species decline, tackle climate change, and make a huge difference to our health and well-being.”

The HOP talks were founded by Philip Howse, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, with Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, George Monbiot, Clive Farrell, Dr George McGavin and the late James Lovelock.

The project aims to inspire and inform individuals, families and local communities with tangible actions to help combat the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, and to raise money for charities working in these areas. Each month the charity is chosen by the speaker.

Julia Hailes’ talk, Wild about Wilding, begins at 7pm at Sladers Yard Gallery. All proceeds will be donated to Great Big Dorset Hedge, run by the Dorset Climate Action Network. Booking is essential – phone 01308 459511.