Tree problems and management

Find out about our tree care and management schedule for trees in the borough and how you can report tree problems. 

Report a tree problem

If you've noticed a problem with an area where we manage trees, you can report this to us using the following links.

Schedule for tree care

We've got a tree care and management schedule for the trees in the borough which we carry out twice a year.

We aim to do this once when trees are in leaf and once when they're not.

Care and maintenance to trees

The tree work we carry out on our tree management schedule includes:

  • Crown lifting and thinning - removal of stems and branches to maintain the health of the tree.
  • Cutting branches that are growing towards road signs or street lights.
  • Removing dead, diseased or dangerous trees. We replace every tree we cut down with 2 new ones.

All waste from the work we carry out on trees is recycled and turned into compost or is reused.

Our responsibilities

We're responsible for managing trees on all council-owned land, which includes:

  • Roads and verges
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Town centres
  • Memorial gardens
  • Cemeteries
  • Sports pitches

Trees we're not responsible for

We do not manage trees:

  • On land that's privately owned. Where there is Japanese knotweed on private land you must prevent this spreading into the wild - how to identify, prevent spread and dispose of Japanese knotweed
  • On properties owned by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH). You should contact RBH if you live in one of their houses and have a tree problem. Contact RBH
  • On properties owned by any other housing association or landlord. You should also speak to them directly if you've got a question about trees. View contact details for housing associations in the borough
  • Touching overhead wires. If you've seen a tree that's touching or damaging overhead wires, contact BT Openreach
  • That are only causing problems with any of the following:
    • TV reception
    • Solar panels
    • Blocking sunlight
    • Dropping honeydew or leaves onto cars or property
  • Where birds are nesting. It's against the law to intentionally injure or kill a wild bird or damage their active nests. You can report any issues with trees that have birds nesting in them to the Wildlife Crimes Officer for your area by calling 101.