Baddegama is a village located in the Wet Zone of the island, adjoining the Southern Expressway. The area is highly cultivated and dominated by paddy fields. Hence, the majority of the natural forests which, fall under the tropical wet-evergreen forest category, have been cleared leaving isolated fragments. In the year of 2008, in a seven-acre degraded tea plantation in Baddegama owned by Rainforest Trust started to convert to a biological corridor by Rainforest Rescue International. The objective of this program is to maintain this forest patch to conserve and sustain the native, endemic and indigenous species of flora and fauna as well as to become an island to migrating fauna.
Approximately 1,000 trees were planted per hectare using the Analog Forestry principles that aim to recreate a rainforest using local endemic species which are also of benefit to local villagers. Therefore 250 plants from the selected plants provide income for the village community and the rest 750 plants was rainforest species belong to 35 endemic plant species including Shorea tripesipolia, Duna ceylanica and Dipterocarpus zeylanica. After ten years this forest now reaching to a maintenance free stage and made a home for many animal species including Grey Langur, Giant Squirrel and Torque Macaque.
As it grows, the resources in the newly created forest can be accessed, thereby reducing the pressure on the World Heritage Listed Sinharaja Forest Reserve and its precious biodiversity.