Deer Damage to Woody Plants

the Benmore Solution to Damage Limitation

  • David Gray Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Keywords: Cultivation


Deer damage to plants within gardens is a common and widespread problem. Gardens adjacent to habitats with natural deer populations are particularly at risk. This paper provides a brief history and description of various types of deer damage frequently encountered at Benmore Botanic Garden on the west coast of Scotland. Thereafter follows a summary of a localised plant protection system, which has been developed through much experimentation over the last few years, to reduce deer damage to woody plants throughout the Garden.

Author Biography

David Gray, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
David Gray is a Senior Horticulturist at Benmore Botanic Garden, one of the regional gardens of the Royal Botanic
Garden Edinburgh


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How to Cite
Gray, D. (2017). Deer Damage to Woody Plants . Sibbaldia: The Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (15), 109-119.