Re: “Park tries to outfox deer in war of the roses,” March 29.
Congratulations to the private citizen who has offered $160,000 to relocate the rose garden in Beacon Hill Park and surround it with an eight-foot fence. There is a “however”: Like a lot of Victorians, we have battled deer in our gardens for years. Last year, we got two strawberries and three raspberries from our garden. We got no shallots and no tulips, and our roses were devastated. All this with the garden protected by a six-foot fence and a row of ornamental cedars on a neighbour’s lot line to one side (the gaps of which we plugged as best we could).
The council should not go ahead with the plan until the Capital Regional District has decided on the approach best suited to cull the deer. Should council decide to go ahead with the proposed relocation and fencing, then all gardens must be allowed an eight-foot fence at least between neighbouring lots. Fences fronting roads need not go eight feet high, although it is strange that shrubbery, which can impede deer, can be as high as one cares, but not a fence.
Deer damage is costly for homeowners who have no recourse for monetary claims. Add to that the time invested by gardeners in developing food and ornamental gardens only to have their efforts ruined because the obvious solution, a deer cull, is beyond the CRD’s understanding.
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