On the last Saturday in April, seventeen IWP members and associates participated in a walk through Cascais, informing us about various species of tree. Led by IWP associate member Mark Reynolds, who had guided a similar event last year, and organized by his wife Terri Blakley, both of whom are ardent canine supporters, once again donations were collected for O Cantinho da Milu, near Palmela. 110 euros were donated by participants, which Mark and Terri generously raised to 150 euros, enough to neuter up to three animals. Before setting out on the walk Terri gave us some information about the shelter and the work done there. Mark had also distributed a map of the route & details from the Câmara Municipal de Cascais’s website outlining the trees we would encounter, accompanied by a photo of each.
Both informative and well-researched, Mark’s input regarding the trees we experienced on the walk (numbering over twenty) was well received by the participants who also put questions to him, which he kindly answered. A few species weren’t yet in bloom, although Mark explained the type of flowers and/or berries they produced, and one or two species weren’t even in leaf! Interesting comparisons were made between Latin/botanical/scientific names and those commonly used, the latter often varying depending on the country.
All too soon our walk, which had lasted over ninety minutes but seemed much shorter, was over. Terri and Mark were thanked before participants dispersed to enjoy the rest of the sunny, but breezy, day.