WHP Logo

The White Horse Press

Environmental Values

Contents of Volume 27

Other volumes of EV

Environmental Values

Rewilding in Layered Landscapes as a Challenge to Place Identity

Martin Drenthen

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 405-425. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15251686827732

Download reference in Endnote or BibTex format


Rewilding is an increasingly popular strategy in landscape management, yet it is also controversial, especially when applied in culturally 'layered' landscapes. In this paper I examine what is morally at stake in debates between proponents of rewilding and those that see traditional cultural landscapes as worthy of protection. I will argue that rewilding should not only be understood as a conservation practice, but that we also need to understand its hermeneutic aspect. Rewilding implies a radical non-anthropocentric normative reinterpretation of landscape and human history that calls for a critical re-examination of the cultural identities that are based on that history.


Rewilding, place, landscape heritage, environmental ethics, environmental hermeneutics

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Contact! Contact! Nature Preservation as the Preservation of Meaning. Glenn Deliège

Wildness as a Critical Border Concept: Nietzsche and the Debate on Wilderness Restoration. Martin Drenthen

Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?.Martin Drenthen

The Many Meanings of Rewilding: An Introduction and the Case for a Broad Conceptualisation. Andrea R. Gammon

Finding - and Failing to Find - Meaning in Nature. Simon P. James

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Rewilding in Cultural Layered Landscapes. Martin Drenthen

Restoring or Re-storying the Lake District: Applying Responsive Cohesion to a Current Problem Situation. Isis Brook

Download full text (PDF format) from IngentaConnect. Access is free if your institution subscribes to Environmental Values.

Subscriptions and back numbers of Environmental Values.

Other papers in this volume

The Old Vicarage, Winwick
Cambridgeshire, PE28 5PN, UK
Tel: +44 1832 293222