Posted: 16/11/2013 at 21:56
I concur with above experiences. We had a weeping willow to one side of our drive in. Each year, even after cutting back, it spread over to the opposite side of the drive as well as over the road. The branches are quite brittle - you can break off quite thick ones by pulling hard on them - which meant our the cars parked in our drive were always at risk in high winds, as was passing traffic. We had to take it down in the end.
They are lovely trees in the right setting - overhanging a river or pond - but their spread above ground can be extensive, and below ground they are forever seeking out water making the range of their roots vast. Definitely keep away from underground water pipes, drains and sewers.
One possibility might be to donate to a school or college, but then they might not want the liability or possible risks.