Tree maintenance

We are responsible for the care, development and maintenance of thousands of trees owned by the Council.

The Council is committed to maintaining the health and longevity of all Council trees through appropriate management.

  • Appropriate works will be done on dead or unhealthy trees.
  • Pruning is done by fully qualified people, in line with management surveys and plans.

We will not undertake works to otherwise healthy and well-formed trees for reasons of:

  • size
  • leaf, seed, twig or flower litter
  • shade or blocked views
  • interference with transmitted signals, e.g. television
  • honeydew exudation
  • reduced security by virtue of concealment
  • alleged root damage to property.

If you encounter any problems, please:

Report a problem with a tree or shrub

Tree enquiries

Who to contact

This depends on:

  • where the tree is
  • if the tree has a TPO (tree preservation order)
  • who owns the tree
  • what condition it is in.

Also, the Council does not maintain all land in Blackburn with Darwen.

There are a number of types of land:

Trees in pavements and highway grass verges
It is the Council’s responsibility to maintain all the trees in pavements in the borough.
Adopted land maintained by the environment department
This is land owned by the Council and is maintained regularly. If the grass area is mown or the shrub area near or under the trees is being cut then the trees will be maintained by the amenities section of the environment department. If you have a problem such as overhanging trees, branches down, a dangerous tree or encounter any problems please contact us.
Adopted land, not maintained
This is land that is owned by the Council but is not maintained regularly. If the land is not cut or shrubs are not pruned, the trees are then maintained by a different department.
Non-adopted land
This land has never been owned by the Council or by anyone else and is not the Council’s responsibility.
Private land
This is land owned by someone else and is not the Council’s responsibility.
Trees in parks, cemeteries and woodlands
The Council will manage woodlands on public land in accordance with accepted forestry practices and traditional methods of woodland management, and with respect for their value as important landscape features, wildlife habitats and places that people enjoy.

If you have any questions regarding trees that are on Council property, please contact us.

Protected trees

Trees may be protected by either a TPO or by being in a conservation area. If either of these is the case, you will usually need to get permission from the Council’s planning service before working on them.