Great British Back-Off: Is It Important to Know Your Neighbours?


Forget Bake Off – Brits are more likely to back off when it comes to their neighbours.

New research has revealed a massive six out of ten people say they would not feel comfortable asking their next-door neighbour for a cup of sugar. And one in ten doesn’t even know their name!

Forget nostalgic memories of street parties, chats over the fence and unlocked doors at night, it seems as though we’re all shying away these days, with only a third of UK adults saying their neighbourhood is a real community.

The research, conducted by social network Nextdoor, which launches today, found only 34 per cent of people feel their neighbourhood is community minded.

A fifth said they were too shy to start a relationship with a neighbour with only slightly less (19%) worried they’d be seen as nosy if they struck up a conversation.

Scotland emerged as the keenest to get to know neighbours better while Wales has the most neighbours who are already considered friends by the people next door.

Nextdoor spokesman Nick Lisher said: “In a country that some worry has become more divided, the yearning to come together to create better neighbourhoods is stronger than ever.

“Nextdoor is already making it easier for neighbours to find lost pets, borrow power tools, share home-grown fruit and vegetables, and organise get-togethers.”

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