Tree maintenance

Service information

We are responsible for the care, development and maintenance of thousands of trees owned by the Council. Each tree is an important part of the personality of Blackburn with Darwen.

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. TV
  • Honeydew exudation
  • Reduced security by virtue of concealment
  • Alleged root damage to property

If you encounter any problems please contact us.

Tree enquiries

Sometimes it's difficult to know who to contact if you have a query about trees. It all depends on where the tree is, if it has a TPO (tree preservation order), who owns the tree, and what condition it is in.

This can be confusing, as the council does not maintain all land in the borough. There are a number of types of land.

Here is a brief summary:

Trees in pavements and highway grass verges

It is the Council’s responsibility to maintain all the trees in pavements in the borough. If there is a problem, please contact us.

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 then the trees are maintained by a different department. Please contact us.

Non-adopted land

This land has never been owned by the Council or by anyone else. This is not the Council’s responsibility.

Private land

This is land owned by someone else. This 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 queries regarding these trees, please contact us.

Protected trees

Trees may be protected by either a Tree Preservation Order 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:

Planning deals with the processing of planning applications, taking into account local plan policies and briefs, government guidance and the individual merits of each scheme, in order to control development in the borough in the public interest. Use the related links to find out more about the planning process and how to submit an application.​

Contact details

Mail Environmental Services, Davyfield Road, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 585921
Fax Number(s)  
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