Ideal for groups of 8 to 24
Here, you’ll connect with nature in a way that is scarcely possible in other regions of the UK. You’ll learn to think like a rewilder – way outside the box – and discover how nature-based business can actually work.
Over the last two decades or so, the 3,500-acre Knepp Estate has been totally transformed – from a conventional, loss-making farm on difficult soil, into a thriving haven for wildlife. Knepp is now home to some of the rarest creatures in the UK, including purple emperor butterflies, turtle doves and nightingales.
The aim of our Away Day is to provide your team with an insight into the principles of nature restoration and a sense of how transformative a sustainable approach to business can be.
You’ll learn the story of Knepp from the instigator of this daring rewilding experiment, owner of Knepp, Charlie Burrell, who will discuss the challenges and excitements of thinking differently and changing the prevailing mindset.
In the expert hands of Knepp’s ecologists, you’ll head out on a rewilding safari in search of free-roaming herds of longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, Tamworth pigs and red and fallow deer, the drivers of our rebounding ecosystem. You’ll visit wildlife ‘refugia’ to look for reptiles and amphibians, looking out for stoats, weasels, red kites and buzzards on the way. Around you, the landscape looks more like Africa than West Sussex. Above you, white storks wheel around the sky or bill-clatter on their nests – the first to breed in Britain for 600 years.
After lunch, Knepp’s natural capital specialist, Molly Biddell, will explain nature-based solutions, the exciting new movement of regenerative agriculture, and the growth of natural capital markets. Sustainable business is finally at the top of everyone’s agenda, and Molly will talk all things carbon, biodiversity, environmental resilience, and sustainable supply chains. You’ll hear about Knepp’s vision of scaling nature-based solutions through the creation of its sister company Nattergal, and the development of the Knepp Wildland Foundation. There’ll be plenty of time for questions.
Once activities have ended, the Granary is available for your team’s own use until the end of the day. We’re hoping you’ll be feeling so inspired and energised that team strategy talks will be a doddle! On a sunny day, you may wish to venture back into the rewilding project or enjoy a dip in our wild swimming lake.
- Rewilding talk by Charlie Burrell
- Guided safari in the rewilding project
- Homemade ‘No Plough’ lunch showcasing Knepp’s Wild Range meat, and organic salads and vegetables from Knepp’s Market Garden
- Talk by natural capital expert Molly Biddell
- Afternoon for team time & strategy talks
- Tea & coffee
- Audio & visual equipment
- Fast wifi
- Overnight camping available
- Wild swimming lake
- Larger groups can be accommodated
- Extra activities and talks available
Please contact us to request the Team Day information pack.