Sir Charles Burrell studied for a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture and Advanced Farm Management at Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. He inherited Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex from his grandparents in 1983. Despite intensifying the Estate’s arable and dairy business for seventeen years, farming on the heavy Sussex clay remained unprofitable. All 3,500 acres of the Knepp Estate are now devoted to a process-led rewilding project involving free-roaming herds of cattle, horses, pigs, and deer as drivers of habitat creation.
Charlie chairs Carpathia in Romania, creating what’s been dubbed the Yellowstone of Europe. He also chairs Nattergal, a company involved with trying to solve the problem of capturing private finance to restore nature to landscape scale projects. He sits on the advisory board of Arcadia and is an oversight committee member, for one of Arcadia’s flagship projects, The Endangered Landscapes and Seascapes Program. He has retired from the board of Rewilding Britain that he chaired for many years and is now on the supervisory board of Rewilding Europe.