Native plants get protection

The fencing will be paid for from a $25,000 bequest to the district.

The Oak Bay Heritage Commission will erect cedar fencing with removable tension wires on top, to protect the Oak Bay Native Plant Garden from hungry deer.

The fencing will be paid for from a $25,000 bequest to the district. The cedar fence will be four feet tall and the tension wires will add another four feet to the overall height of the structure.

Oak Bay director of building and planning Roy Thomassen said the commission chose this style because it doesn’t interfere with sight lines and limits the amount of variances needed for the project.

“You might not even see (the wires),” Thomassen said at Monday’s committee of the whole meeting. “It’s almost invisible (from a distance).”

Other options rejected by council included a metal picket fence and a taller cedar fence.

Coun. Pam Copley said the wires will be easy to remove, something that could happen once the deer population is controlled.

The fencing is expected to be installed before spring.

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