Lorraine Smith, 82, has been dealing with debris and damage to her Waimairi Rd home from a large Pin Oak tree that was planted on the berm of the street 47 years ago.
The waste from the tree began causing problems in 1996.
Despite the city council being responsible for the tree, Smith said she and her late husband Selby Smith had paid upwards of $7000 for the continuous clean-up of leaves, acorns and damage to the front section of their property.
Over the years, the Smiths made multiple trips to EcoDrop with buckets full of acorns and over 30 wool bales of green waste. They even had to get an extra rubbish bin to handle the "extraordinary bulk of work and waste" produced by the tree.
Smith said the front section was completely renovated to make the tidy-up of leaves from the council tree more manageable.
The tree has damaged pipes and cracked the pavement in front of Smith's property. In 2018, the council replaced the damaged pipes but deep cracks on Smith's front lawn remain.