Raynor Naturopathic Gardens and Wildlife Reserve
DID YOU KNOW?
More than 40% of the profits from Brandon Raynor’s Massage and Natural Therapies School are going towards setting up a Raynor Naturopathic Garden and Wildlife Reserve (RNGWR) on a 17-acre property near Gympie Queensland, Australia.
When we initially took on the responsibility and privilege of caring for this land, the property consisted of area that was already cleared of forest and some areas of regrowth bushland. In the acres that were already cleared, we are setting up a Naturopathic garden growing all sorts of nutritional fruit and nut trees, annual and perennial vegetables, and medicinal plants as well as native flowering plants and trees that will be used to create flower essences and habitat for native wildlife.
On the other acres that are regrowth, we have been clearing invasive species such as lantana and rats tail grass to allow more native wildlife habitat. This has been crucial in allowing larger native mammals like koalas and wallabies to roam freely through the bush and for native understory plants to regenerate. The rats tail grass is highly invasive and wears down and loosens the teeth of kangaroos, wallabies and even cattle, which they need for eating.
We bought the property in November 2015, and since that time, many species have returned to the area, most notably the threatened Queensland koalas.
Raynor Naturopathic Gardens and Wildlife Reserve is situated next to King Conservation Park, a nature preserve in Glastonbury, Queensland where large efforts are being made to control destructive feral animals like European red foxes and wild dogs. We are making a concerted effort to restore natural habit on our land through hand weeding and planting native flora, as well as building and facilitating new habitats (i.e. ponds and dams, bat houses and possum boxes) for the native animals to seek refuge from predators. It is no wonder why RNGWR is home to many small-medium sized mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects and all sorts of critters– from red-necked wallabies, to red bellied black snakes, king parrots, honey eaters, and blue banded bees– this has become a haven for so many creatures.
We anticipate Raynor Naturopathic Gardens and Wildlife Reserve to be open to the public for educational tours and for students who enrol in one of our Naturopathy workshops in 2020.
ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT
While we belong to and support many organizations, these two are among our favourites:
Landcare Australia (https://landcareaustralia.org.au/)
Wildcare Australia Inc. (http://wildcare.org.au/)