The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC) and the District of Central Saanich are honoured to announce the protection of 1.4 acres within the Coastal Douglas-fir moist maritime biogeoclimatic zone in Central Saanich, to be known as the Pugh Covenant.
Named for Lorna and Alan Pugh, the covenanted land has been in the Pugh family for over 80 years. The land is just moments from Gore and Oak Haven Parks and just north of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park—three parks Lorna Pugh had a hand in creating. Predeceased by Alan in 2013, Lorna passed away on January 8, 2017, at the age of 95.
The couple’s four daughters, Frances, Winona, Gillian and Geraldine, wished to honour the legacy of their parents by ensuring the forested area of their family home remained protected in perpetuity.
A covenant is a legal agreement between a landowner and a monitoring organization like TLC or the District of Central Saanich. Covenants are made on property title and stay with the property indefinitely, even as a property changes ownership. TLC’s Covenant Program now sustainably protects more than 12,750 acres throughout the province which include streams, lakes, riparian areas, forests, greenbelts and rare and endangered species.