A budding writer inspired by the campaigns to save Sheffield’s trees from being felled put pen to paper to craft a moving poem about the topic.
Schoolboy Shaheryar Chishty, who goes to Dobcroft Junior School, Millhouses, wrote his poem ‘deforestation’ about the ongoing controversy over replacing trees as part of Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead contract with Amey.
The 10-year-old’s proud mum Gazala Chishty contacted The Star to ask if it could be published.
“He writes poems a lot and every time he learns about something that is happening in the world he wants to write about it,” said the 38-year-old. Sheffield’s tree controversy, which has received national attention, began when a campaign was launched to stop trees on Rustlings Road near Endcliffe Park from being axed.
The protest sparked a 10,000-strong petition, a debate on the subject in Sheffield Town Hall and the launch of a highways tree forum while other campaigns have also sprung up around the city.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a mass peaceful protest in the city centre on Saturday, November 14, from 11am.
Gazala added: “When Shaheryar saw there were signs up on the trees near Endcliffe Park he said he had to write a poem about it,
“I’m really so proud of him - he is only young but he has written this all by himself.”
Deforestation - by Shaheryar Chisty
Why do people cut down trees?
They give us oxygen, they help us breath
The trees are being cut faster than we know
That’s where creatures live, where will they go?
Thinking about it won’t make any changes
We need to stop this in all different ranges
The trees are the reason we are alive
Without them we wouldn’t thrive
The trees cry when the lumberjacks come
Its a one way system there is no place to run
They are firmly rooted in the ground
Their cries are silent you can’t hear a sound
So who will support these innocent trees
If they had a voice they would say please!
The next time you see them, we mustn’t forget the years
The time they spent growing, let’s save their fate from tears