Blackbirds Singing in the Apple Tree, a Preface Wartime Days Becoming a Forester Transforming Landscapes Presence of History Trees Wood Kindness, Cruelty and Efficiency Promise and Practice Under the Banyan Tree Bushfires Going to the Cinema The Bush Capital Dust and Dusting Trotsky, Stalin and my Solar Panels Mulligans Flat Returning to Braudel Looking for Meaning Going to Kew Gardens Finding Eden in a Cornish Pit Two Singapore Gardens Stuff Other People Wurundjeri in the Park Going on Demos Pestilence Days Reading in the Shade, an Ending
John Dargavel (b. 1932) has been deeply engaged in forests, environments, science, people, politics and history. Inquisitive and impatient at established boundaries, he has been drawn into biography, cultural landscapes and the place of trees in remembrance. He has written papers, books and a play, and has edited collections. His most recent book on the history of forest science over the last three centuries, Science and Hope: a Forest History was written with Elisabeth Johann and published in 2013 by The White Horse Press, followed by a German edition in 2018. His most recent collection, Restoring Forests in Times of Contagion: Papers to Celebrate John Evelyn's 400th Birthday was edited with Ben Wilkie and published online. John was born in London, trained as a forester in Scotland and has worked in different regions of Australia. He was a founding member of the Australian Forest History Society. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He now lives in Melbourne.