Decision details

Tree and Woodland Strategy

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A report was submitted, which advised that a Trees and Woodland Strategy was a key tool for ensuring treescapes flourished and were protected for the future. The Tree and Woodland Strategy (TAWS) has been developed to formally acknowledge the long[1]term benefits that trees and woodland could bring to  local communities in Blackburn with Darwen and the commitment to foster and protect it.


Although not a Planning document, the TAWS feed into and complimented other Strategies, Policies, and guidelines across the Council and vice versa, such as:


 • Local Plan 2021-2037Climate Emergency Action Plan

• Biodiversity ‘First considerations’ report and objectives/actions

• Woodland management plans

 • Tree Risk Management Framework

 • Open Spaces Strategy


The TAWS presented a vision of where the Council want the Borough to be by 2030 and introduced a series of objectives to achieve that vision, with those objectives then supported by a series of identified actions, set out in an Action Plan.


RESOLVED - It is recommended that the Executive Board approves the Tree and Woodland Strategy attached at appendix 1 to the report.

Report author: Tony Watson

Publication date: 12/04/2024

Date of decision: 11/04/2024

Decided at meeting: 11/04/2024 - Executive Board

Effective from: 19/04/2024

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