Welcome to the Native Forest Foundation website!  We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

We collect, conserve and propagate fast-disappearing native wild fruit trees.  We also work to document traditional horticultural knowledge for the benefit of future generations in Sri Lanka.

Our ancestors used locally-available medicinal plants to prevent and treat illness.  They had knowledge of the beneficial uses of specific trees in agricultural systems, construction, and other aspects of life in the village.  They also enjoyed a great variety and abundance of wild fruit.

This local knowledge is being lost.  The value and use of native plants and trees are being forgotten.  At the Native Forest Foundation we aim to reinvigorate an interest in this precious knowledge, starting with children, those who hold Sri Lanka’s future in their hands.