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Green with envy – 40% of gardens are ‘inspired’ by the neighbours

Experts have unveiled the secret inspiration behind Britain’s gardens – a peep over next door’s fence. A study of 2,000 homeowners found a large percentage of us admit jealousy over a neighbour’s well-manicured lawns and flowerbeds. Results also show the envy regularly spills over and ends up with a trip to the garden centre to [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

Community spirit – small talk with neighbours does make us happier

Speaking to our neighbours officially makes us happier, a study has revealed. Research carried out among 2,000 adults found that despite small talk with neighbours not coming naturally for almost half, two-thirds admitted it makes them feel happier. Seven in ten also claim that a simple conversation with a neighbour makes them feel more in [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

John, Louise, David and Katy – Britain’s nicest neighbours

Britain’s kindest and most considerate neighbours are likely to be called John, Louise, Alan and Helen, a study has found. The light-hearted study of 2,000 people found the best neighbours – those who house-sit, put the bins out, and are extra cheerful – often bear these monikers. But those living next-door to people named Nathan, [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

Blocking the driveway, stealing parking spaces and barking dogs – why we blank our neighbours

Millions of Brits are currently not talking to at least one neighbour, a study has revealed. Researchers found that feuds over noisy kids, overflowing wheelie bins, parking spaces and out of control trees and shrubs are just some of the reasons for feuding families. Six in ten adults are currently not talking to two neighbours, [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

Unneighbourly- only a third bother to introduce themselves when they move in

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Only one in three Brits bothers introducing themselves to their neighbours when moving into a new home, it has been revealed. Researchers found a large percentage of us are ‘too busy’ to make ourselves known to those who live nearest to us, while others fear they will ‘have nothing in common’. It also emerged many [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

Ignore thy neighbour- one in three don’t get on with next door

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One in three Brits don’t get on with their neighbours, research has revealed. A detailed study into the state of the nation’s community spirit found millions of us have an uneasy truce with those who live nearest. In fact, as many as one in four homeowners admit they have had a full-blown argument with the [...]


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Posted by Ben Harrow

Copy Cat Neighbours

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The secret inspiration behind millions of living rooms has been revealed  – our neighbours. From sofa colours to wallpapers and colour schemes to throws, one in three women admit their living rooms are filled with style they have swiped from their friends. More than a quarter admitted to copycat purchases that were directly inspired by furnishings [...]


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Posted by James Coleman

Green with Envy

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It’s true…the grass really is greener on the other side… A survey has found nearly half of all British homeowners are green with envy over their neighbour’s garden. Researchers have found that 42 per cent of adults claim to peer longingly over the garden fence eager to emulate the immaculate lawns, blooming hangings baskets and [...]


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Posted by James Coleman

Neighbours become good friends

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The average Brit counts four neighbours amongst their friends, a report revealed yesterday. Researchers who studied modern friendships, based on face-to-face relationships rather than online acquaintances, found we typically have 26 close friends. And almost one in five of those are people who live in or close to our street, close or cul-de-sac. The study [...]


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Posted by Dan Drage

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