TREES: Sheffield schoolboy inspired to write moving poem about tree felling

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins
Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

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.

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

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.

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

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?

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

Ten-year-old Sherri Chishty has written a poem about trees due to the controversy raging in Sheffield as the council fell many of the cities trees'Picture Dean Atkins

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