I am meandering through the mossy forest
The lichen clings to the trees
A little micro garden
They are sheltered by the leaves
The smell of earth is fervent
The trees are rough to touch
The energy I feel here
I love so very much
Though you cannot see them
They are everywhere
Billions of lives are flowing
In the forests welfare
How gently they crawl upon the earth
How delicate their façade
And though you cannot see it
They work so very hard
This is life in the forest green
This is how it flows
And each and every day I walk
Through the emerald groves
I know each and every footstep
I know each and every bird
I know my way through the forest
You can trust my every word
When the little stars are shining
I can see them, not
For I am roaming through the forest
So the sky I have forgot
My friends are Mrs Badger and little sooty mole
I find their company pleasant, I find their humor droll
I sit upon a fallen oak and watch them playing near
Oh how I love my forest and how I love them dear
It is wicked to hack the forest down, billions of lives get lost
Please sit back and realize, it’s such a big cost
We need the peace that’s founded here
We need the earthy tones
We need to consider more so, that it’s not just humans who need homes
So please take a thought and a care
For every little creature there
And maybe earth shall grow again
New forests everywhere
My heart is wild, my soul is free, yet my body is not
I need the forest to stay secure I do not ask a lot
This poem was written because I love forests, woodlands, fields, you name it; I love it as long as it’s natural. I have a friend who is trying to climb a career ladder as a local MP for a North London council – Barnet to be precise; he told me two weeks ago that Barnet and Brent are going into collaboration together to rebuild the Hendon estate, this means that they plan to drain the local reservoir/nature reserve and build on it, he is campaigning like mad to stop this madness and rightfully so, I was raised on that reserve (more or less).
The reservoir is called The Welsh Harp. Whether it’s true that they have planning permission to do this or not, I am uncertain, but my friend doesn’t tend to lie.
It’s a very worrying thought that approximately eight to ten acres of North London’s nature reserves is going to be snatched away from the locals and more to the point, the wildlife there. There’s creatures such as swans, Canada geese, moorhens, squirrels, including reds funny enough (I’ve seen them) cardinal beetles (extremely rare), blue tits, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, frogs and toads (they’d be there naturally anyway but when mum filled in her pond we set our fish, frogs, newts and toads free in the reservoir, so they had a new home), and many more beautiful creatures are going to lose their homes, because Barnet wants to cramp in another 20,000 families, despite closing down their hospitals might I add.
Should this be allowed? Hell no, and guess what? I am sick and tired of people sitting back and going “Oh, well, it’s a shame, what can we do”? And just allow it to happen, if you don’t want something to happen, because you like walking around that area or you think that it’s beneficial to the locals and the wildlife, then get up off your arse and campaign the current minority brave souls, who can and do get off their arses. The more numbers who protest against such things, the more likely we are to save it.
You don’t like something the officials are doing, you have a voice and if you start standing up you will motivate others who are quieter than you to voice their opinions too, and there’s more civilians in the world than officials, so they have to listen to the loudest voice!
So get MOVING!
I’ve done something similar here in Rugby, I attended a meeting where the locals wanted a small playground for the local children, because the council took away the one we had four years ago. three years after heavy campaigning in a progressively enlarging group, we’ve got our way, now they’re building a huge adventure playground on our local field (one mowed constantly as its 2 football pitches for the local lads and an acre spare) not only that though, but they’ve allowed us local parents to pick and choose what things we want there and how to design it.
If you work with your community, you get what the community wants, not what some officials think will shut you up.
I wasn’t the loudest voice, I was in fact pretty quiet and sitting and the back but making it known I wanted the playground too, just by being there. Unfortunately I was the only one at the time who had their child with them, Henry was just turning 3 months old and I got a lot of attention just because he was so darn cute, but the councillor listening to us, wanted to know more about what I particularly wanted, so I reluctantly spoke out in front of about 70 people and they pulled me to the front, and I was clinging onto Henry for dear life, scared as hell that all these people are looking at me.
She said it’s unlikely we’d get anything done by 2012, but we may get something done by the time my little baby turns 5, and it will be done as they are going to start building it in spring 2014.
So was it Henry who finally got it by pulling her heartstrings? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, although I wanted to campaign with everyone and hide, my thoughts counted A LOT, and we got listened to.
So get out there and get what you think your community needs, after all, why are you paying taxes if you’re not prosperous with your environment.