We get so many posts from people complaining about their neighbours' activity or lack of it, I thought I'd try and reverse the trend.
One of the things which influenced our choice of this house was that I'd chanced to meet the people next door when I came to view the house, and they'd made a good impression. They were friendly and their front garden was well-kept, which was a good sign! We didn't know what the neighbours would be like at any of the other houses we were considering. The day we moved in, they were falling over themselves to welcome us and be helpful, and we have remained good friends.
The entire length of our mutual boundary has a mature hedge of Escallonia. I don't like it, it casts a dense shade, grows faster than I can keep it cut, and I'm for ever digging its seedlings out of the block-paved drive. I'd like to get rid of it and replace it with traditional hedgerow plants, eg holly, hawthorn, hazel, to benefit wildlife. When I put this idea to Rod and Irene, they didn't like it, and I valued their friendship too much to persist. A few weeks later, I suggested a compromise, to lower the top by about a foot. As we are none of us tall, I didn't think there'd be any loss of privacy, but they still weren't happy about it, so I let it drop.
The very next morning, blow me down, they were out there with their hedgecutter, and several feet of the hedge at the street end had been lowered. I suppose they realised that privacy wasn't really an issue in the front since everyone walking down the street can see our front gardens. I'd planned to pay someone to do it, but they'd done it for me, for nothing but goodwill. They also lowered and thinned the crowns of two trees which shade our front in the late afternoon, though we'd never complained about them.
I'm so glad because now I'll be able to keep the hedge under control. I couldn't reach to cut the top, and standing on a stepladder while using a power tool was a risk I wasn't happy to take.
I put a gift voucher through their door by way of thanks.