Updated: 10.05.22

Some 6,700 native trees were planted to create 15 micro-woodlands in Blackburn with Darwen in early 2022 as part of the Pennine Lancashire Treescapes (PLanT) Project. PLanT was a collaboration between five Pennine Lancashire authorities and the River Ribble Trust and funded from the Local Authority Treescapes Fund. Micro-woodlands were created along the Arran Trail, in the River Darwen Parkway, at Pleasington Playing Fields, at North Road, Royshaw and Pleckgate in Blackburn and Shorey Bank and Sough Road in Darwen. Community apple orchards were also created on Hoddlesden Millennium Green, at the Apple Trees Centre, the Canalside Activity Centre, St. Anne’s Church, Chapeltown and Corporation Park. The fruit trees were purchased with funding from Trees for Cities. Over 100 volunteers helped to plant the trees, with the support of staff from Adult Learning and the Environment Department.

With support from the Ribble Rivers Trust, 1300 pupils and 130 teachers and parents planted over 1500 trees in the grounds of twelve schools across the Borough. As well as providing a home for wildlife and fresh, seasonal fruit, these trees will provide a living classroom for many years to come.

The Council is searching for more sites for tree and will be preparing a strategy to help guide the planting to the most appropriate locations in the Borough.