In India alone there are over 16000 registered tea estates. All practice mono-cultural growing of tea. Makaibari has intentionally retained two acres of primary forests to each acre of tea.

"A primary forest is a forest ecosystem with the principal key elements of native ecosystems such as complexity, structure, and diversity and an abundance of mature trees, relatively undisturbed by human activity”.

The primary forests of Makaibari, occupy twice the tea area. It spans the four ridges of Makaibari Tea Estate, dividing the tea into many islands. The forests are all connected by corridors of woodlands to facilitate the unimpeded movement of all her denizens, without breaking cover.
This has resulted in a biotope where the food supply chain, that sustain all organisms is similar to a primary forest. The villagers of Makaibari, do not treat the woods as an area of conservation, they have all evolved to be an extension of the woodlands and aspire to be in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Thus our community offers an unique opportunity to all seekers who desire to live in an environment which is pristine, returning all the bounty of nature manifold by an afforestation programme, evolved by themselves as a thanksgiving.

Makaibari is the only Tea Estate in Darjeeling who has intentionally preserved the virgin forest in such an estension.

"Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life