Cherry farm creates concerns about noise

Noise concerns are cropping up over a new farming operation taking root in Coldstream.

Noise concerns are cropping up over a new farming operation taking root in Coldstream.

Coral Farms, from Lake Country, has purchased an about 100-acre plot of land off Buchanan Road (the former Palfrey farm in Lavington) and plans to grow cherries on it.

But as many cherry growers protect their trees from birds by blasting propane cannons, and also use helicopters to dry the fruit, there are some noise concerns.

“There is going to be concern from local neighbours about the noise,” said Coun. Doug Dirk, who suggests the option of netting could be used to keep birds away.

“We want to be looking at our noise bylaw and we want to be proactive.”

But Coun. Maria Besso suggests Coldstream may not have the authority to regulate noise stemming from the orchard.

“In the ALR, our noise bylaw wouldn’t be able to impede normal growing practices,” said Besso.

According to Coldstream staff, Coral Farms will construct a house behind the red barn on the Buchanan Road property and has plans to construct a 15-man camp next year.

Coral Farms could not be reached for comment.