Natal Fig #1

Ficus natalensis

Special details

The convolutions on fig trunks make them lovely living things. Like many figs, this one can be a strangler. Seeds that fall in a suitable nook between the branches of a host tree can send down aerial roots and slowly swallow up the original tree. A reminder of how they operate on a very different time frame to humans. This tree doesn’t have direct threats as yet, but the understorey is full of aliens, with ferns attempting to survive their onslaught.

Where is it?

This individual grows at the base of a steep, untouched gully that remains moist even when other slopes are drying out in winter. Below it is a water pipeline that feeds the city. It’s in what we call Corridor Two, which is one of the pilot project sites.


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.

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.


R5 000

Adoption certificate