This is a flyover of Bo Tree Farm, our Kampot Pepper farm in southern Cambodia that produces one of the world’s finest peppers (piper nigrum) and the only peppercorns to have been awarded Protected Geographical Indication, ratified by the EU. You can see the pepper fields and the lush forest that surrounds them, protecting them from … well… everything (we hope). Beyond you can see our neighbours at Starling Farm and, in the distance, The Secret Lake.
We did not cut this farm out of rainforest; the land was bush and scrub. But in the nine years we have had it, we have discouraged all forms of wood collecting and the forest has subsequently grown rich and strong. We have also planted over 1,000 hardwood trees to try to encourage forest regeneration, including teak, mahogany and several different species of native rosewood.
The name, Bo Tree, comes from an imposing Bodhi Tree (a species of fig) that stands on the hill behind us (not in the video). It is somewhat less imposing now as the rest of the forest has grown up to meet it., but it is still clearly visible.
Please excuse the poor piloting skills and rudimentary editing – I am just learning!