South Ribble Borough Council is responsible for looking after all the trees on land it owns.
This includes a range of woodlands, parks and other public open spaces.
Trees on land which forms part of the “adopted highway” (such as grass verges), are owned and maintained by Lancashire County Council. The county council is also responsible for fallen trees which block roads and footpaths.
You can contact Lancashire County Council on 0845 053 0011 to report such an issue.
The law protects certain individual and groups of trees.
Trees that are subject to Tree Preservation Orders or are within conservation areas are protected under legislation that makes it an offence to fell, prune, uproot or wilfully damage the trees without permission.
Trees that grow on land owned by the council are also protected, as they are deemed as council property and therefore anyone causing damage to them can be prosecuted.
Advice for private tree owners
If you have a tree on your own land and wish to carry out work on it, it would be useful to consider the following:
•Always contact the council to ensure that the trees are not protected by a Tree Preservation Order or that they are not within a Conservation Area.
•Always employ a suitable trained professional Arborist, who is covered by £1m Public Liability Insurance. Always ask for proof of this.
•Never employ house callers or leaflet droppers claiming to be professional arborists.
•Reputable arborists will always have some form of professional identification and qualification proof. Always ask to see it.
South Ribble has many ancient woodlands, including Dog Kennel Wood Cockshot Wood in Bamber Bridge.
Both are protected as designated Biological Heritage Sites. Woods, especially those containing native tree species, veteran trees and standing deadwood, are important since they convey a high biodiversity potential by providing habitat for many plants and animals.
South Ribble Borough Council aims to conserve and enhance these protected areas, and we have planted additional woodlands using native species across the borough.