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Perhaps it's just me getting old, but what's with this new craze of having a kids trampoline in your back garden?

We will live in pleasant, suburban area where detached four bedroom houses and big(ish) gardens are the norm as a result we fully expect there to be kids knocking around and a modicum of noise emanating from said kids.

Bouncing up and down peering over the fence...

We came home the other day having done a hard day's graft at the office, looking forward enjoy one of those rare summer evenings and to a nice relaxing alfresco dinner, to find a rather large construction protruding over the fence between our house and our next door neighbours.  Fine, says me until two rather large and extremely noisy children were bouncing up and down peering over the fence watching me as I prepared our dinner in the kitchen.

Kids trampoline in the back garden Kids will be kids trampoline or not, I said to myself; despite feeling somewhat uncomfortable and continued to ignore the raucous laughter and gawking, half wishing I was their age again!!  That was until we sat down for our nice alfresco dinner, during which the kids continued to jump higher and higher and higher whilst looking over at us, laughing loudly, pointing at us and commenting to us on what we were eating in VERY loud voices.  This needless to say left us feeling discomfited enough for us to waste the rare summer evening and go indoors to finish our dinner.

What I want to know is:-

Where has this craze come from all of a sudden?
Why oh why do parents insist on putting up these trampoline right next to their neighbours fence or a road?
Does anyone else feel that trampolines are an intrusion of privacy or is it just me? and...
What should I do?

By: Lottie


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Getagripsomeofyou

Getagripsomeofyou

Genuinely disappointed in comments being harsh on the kids here.

Surely it's obvious to any functioning adult that the core problem isn't little 9 year old Daniel and 7 year old Leah bouncing on the trampoline behind your back fence, it's the fact that parents now are so timid and scared that they've taken it onto themselves to turn their back garden into a literal playground and walled their kids in from the outside world.

The only way to fix family homes being filled with trampolines and other oversized toys and the accompanying noise is by removing the ludicrously overblown fear of the-man-in-a-white-van lurking at every street corner that has gripped parents for the last 20 years.

Comments saying you wish harm on children or that you want them to be injured by the trampoline because you're seeing "their stupid faces bobbing up and down" over your garden fence is you providing an extremely childish response to what is an adult/parental problem. Grow up.
02/08 Getagripsomeofyou
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Jazzy

Jazzy

We also have neighbours who insist on putting a very large trampoline just behind the fence. They have 3 very noisy children and we find the repetitive noise of the rusty springs very annoying as we are unable to sit in our garden and relax or read a book. I think trampolines are an invasion of privacy when the kids keep jumping and peering over the fence.
25/07 Jazzy
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Gypsy

Gypsy

I hate these things. My neighbour has just put up one, right beside my kitchen window and the fence they have is a grill fence so we can see the whole ugly thing Lost our privacy - they should be banned! What can we do?
19/07 Gypsy
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Paw65

Paw65

We have a small garden, nextdoor have a really big garden but have decided to put the trampoline right next to our 6ft fence, we have asked them about moving it, got no joy so I will be informing my local council.
17/07 Paw65
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Beruza

Beruza

Hi everyone I'm one of the neighbour with the trampoline and 2 kids age 6 & 7. We live in new build estate area where the gardens are close together and fence very short. We have trampoline in the middle of the garden, nowhere near any of our neighbours fence but when my kids jump they can see in the garden. I have no where else to put the trampoline. And I cannot be going to park every single day as I'm busy person too. My neighbour recently started to be horrible and sending me messages about how my kids are naughty and do not listen. When they were in the garden she actually started to shout at them and saying 'I will video u, u little shits and send it to council and then she showed the middle finger at them'. Is that how adult should behave towards small kids? My kids are now scared to play in the garden and i keep shouting at them if they are on the trampoline. I'm very stressed and I cannot relax now too. I understand all your points but not sure if u can relate to me as well. In olden days kids could play on the streets as there was not as much danger as now these days and there was no need for any trampoline. Now it dangerous to send kids to play on the street. Where this woman complains about them too anyway. I honestly don't know what to do. And I don't want any local authority be involved. And sorry to say I don't feel that we should take our trampoline down too. Can anyone advice pls
06/07 Beruza
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Jackiemr

Jackiemr

Hi. I sympathise with you. We have the exact same thing. After our new neighbours semi threatened us to take us to court about out bamboo and possible shoots in there garden (put up because of previous neighbours trampoline). With no leg to stand we had to remove all out 20ft bamboo (ongoing) to reveal said trampoline. Exactly like yours. Not. Sure how we are going to deal with it yeah.
20/06 Jackiemr
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Aj12345

Aj12345

We have the same problem but it’s actually against the law so we’re getting the council involved.
09/06 Aj12345
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jethro

jethro

Get used to it everybody, Tramp's are here to stay, kid's are here to stay. If you cannot stand the noise of childen near you, win the lottery or adapt, cause there's no answer.
06/06 jethro
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Jethro

Jethro

@stacy, Don't feel too satified and smug, developers will soon build a housing complex at the bottom of your garden.
06/06 Jethro
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Stacy

Stacy

Giant potted plants or a screen you can move in case they move the trampoline? Hmm. Blast opera music at them every time they're peeping over your fence? A scary scarecrow? I don't know. Good luck!
Ps. will say we are so much happier that we've moved out to the country and neighbors aren't so close.
05/06 Stacy
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Sunny

Sunny

Again like most people on here I have the same problem, the trampoline has no guard and pushed up tight to my fence. We have only small gardens and next doors is even smaller.
Sitting in my lounge this week looked up to see a body of a 9 year old hanging over my fence , not worth asking politely for them not to do it as mother will just be abusive the fence is getting broken and I am getting very stressed, the house is rented , has anyone got any tips and please don’t say move
28/05 Sunny
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LizB

LizB

It seems that there are many people suffering from selfish neighbours with rowdy kids. My life is governed by them - I love my garden but hardly use it since every day in the holidays, every weekend and every afternoon from 3 pm to well after 9 pm, kids are out there screaming their heads off, parents of course inside. Why is it that we are expected to put up with this, and seen as old moaners? Why can we not have the use of our ghardens? I think we should get together and do something about this.
27/05 LizB
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HCC

HCC

Cook naked
23/05 HCC
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Jethro

Jethro

@bouncer23, you are being spyed on by more sources that you can think of. Your privacy is next to nil. Kids on a trampoline are the least of your worries. It's the new world you live in.
18/05 Jethro
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Bouncer23

Bouncer23

Thank you Jethro for your constructive comment. I'm not worried the whole world is spying on me I just believe we have a right to privacy in our own garden.
17/05 Bouncer23
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