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I live across the road from a government building, whose large trees overhang the road. The leaves create an enormous mess in the street and also block our gutters. Shouldn’t they clear up the leaves themselves, instead of relying on the council and householders?

The general view is that a tree owner is not responsible for fallen leaves, which are a natural occurrence. The courts are unlikely to be interested in a minor complaint such as leaves in guttering, but it is a question of degree. If wet leaves are likely to make a footpath slippery the council do have a duty to clear them up. Most people accept that clearing out gutters is one of the joys of homeownership.

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