her garden felled as the roots were damaging the house! No option
In Australia it doesnt matter if the tree is damaging your house if the tree is protected!
This is because the Council says there is no way to ascertain which roots are doing the damage as the roots can be several metres long! We are in a situation where we have a native brush cherry in our garden (Lillipilli) which is HUGE. Planted by former owners. There is a 'new' 10 year old duplex built next door. We asked our council if we could chop the tree back or down – they said no way – the developers of the duplex should have ensured that their development was safe from the tree roots!!! It wasnt the trees fault and because it is on the street frontage we cant do anything!