It was the perfect pre-spring day last Saturday March 14th for a small group of 4 girl scouts (caminheiras) and their leader (chefe) from the Agrupamento 610 Grijó (Mosteiro), located just 16 kms north of Aanifeira, who arrived in the afternoon to plant young fruit trees in the exercise parks at Aanifeira. The selection of trees, all donated by a member, included cherry, pear and some olive all of which are well adapted to the northern Portuguese climate.
The group came fully prepared for hard work and after a brief explanation quickly got down to digging holes in difficult terrain followed by watering, planting and finally putting up some recycled strong netting as protection in early growth days. The task took most of the afternoon after which, at their request, they were given a tour and explanation on the running of the shelter to see both the dogs and cats.
With loads of enthusiasm and an obvious desire to help out, the group initially contacted Aanifeira to find out what our necessities were and with this in mind they produced their own flyer for a fundraiser in their community to be held very soon.
Our very grateful thanks to this scout group from the Agrupamento 610 Grijó as this small deed will, in the future, help to provide a good source of shade for the animals during the hot summers as well as additionally giving some fruit produce for staff and volunteers!