Cape Fig #1

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Special details

Broom-cluster figs are orange-red and soft when ripe, feeding game insects and even humans — a real biodiversity champion. This individual is at the edge of a narrow track cut by intrepid mountain bikers (they’ve called it the Sneak Track). It has two Forest cabbage trees as nearby neighbours, and a host of bugweed and gingers. It has a way to go before it could be called a giant, but it stands in an important position, stabilising the bank and shading out invaders. Small Cape figs have sprouted up in the pilot project area, but we haven’t seen many larger specimens to date.

Location

Between Corridor 2 and Corridor 3, which are areas of indigenous forest that stretch through the plantations to the core part of Ferncliffe Nature Reserve.

FAQs

Either in the Ferncliffe Nature Reserve, in a corridor of indigenous trees in the adjoining area, or in an area designated for rehabilitation in conjunction with a landowner.

Physical certificates feature hand-drawn and painted artwork by Connor Cullinan, and are printed on quality A4 paper. Digital certificates look the same as the paper versions, but are issued as PDFs via email. If you’d like to print them yourself, we recommend choosing a matt paper of 250 gsm. Both are designed to be beautiful thank you gifts from us.

Annually, for three years. Tree life can be very quiet, but we’ll keep you updated as to the clearing and restoration around your adoptee and other news — like a bee hive in a crevice or nests in its branches! You’ll need to send us an email address of course to do this.

Connor Cullinan is a fine artist with many solo and group shows to his name. He is producing a series of original prints to help Ferncliffe raise funds for its restoration work. The images are based on fauna and flora that can be found in the forest and on its fringes. The images are open editions*, and are signed and dated. The first two prints in the ongoing series are of a porcupine and a forest weaver, and they are produced at Black River Studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

*An open edition print means an unlimited number of prints of the same artwork is sold.

If your order is urgent, please contact us first to see if we’ll be able to deliver on time. We’re a very small team and this system is not automated.

Digital certificates will be sent electronically via email, within three business days, Monday to Friday (excluding RSA public holidays).

Postage of print orders is by courier. We post once a week, however, so please expect the order to take longer than a standard delivery — or contact us to make a plan.

NOTE: 2022-2023 holiday closures: We’ll start processing digital adoption certificates again from 27 December 2022.  Print certificates can be posted from 3 January to  noon 4 January 2023, but then there will be a break until 17 January 2023 due to various holiday closures. Thanks for your understanding.

Prints and certificates will be packaged flat, between stiff cardboard.

Unfortunately not. A forest full of name tags would be too intrusive to local people and the environment.

Yes. We are registered as a Public Benefit Organisation, number 93 007 2645, and can issue Section 18A tax certificates on request.

Donation

R4 500

Adoption certificate