Follow these instructions to add an area to Natural Neighbourhoods. First you'll name it, then we'll place it on a map.

  1. Visit Natural Neighbourhoods and sign in to your account.
  2. Click the Add New Area button on the left pane.
  3. Select an area type (e.g. school catchment area) or create an area type if it doesn't exist.
  4. Name your area.
  5. Describe your area (optional).
  6. Give your area a unique identifier, if required (optional). This might be similar to the name.
  7. Click Create.

Great! Now let's place it on a map using the links in the grey box. You can build an area by drawing a shape, picking child areas, or uploading KML shapes.


Draw a shape

  1. Click 'Build area by drawing shape on map'.
  2. You can draw the shape using straight lines or freehand. To draw using lines, click on the map to set each point and double-click when done. To draw freehand, hold shift while you click & drag the mouse (click once), then double-click when done. Click Undo and try again if you're not happy.
  3. Click Save when you're finished.
Pick child areas
Your area type will be composed of child areas, e.g. wards, LSOAs, output areas. We can only show data for child areas you choose to pick, so you may prefer to draw a shape.
  1. Click 'Build area by picking child <child area type>s'.
  2. Click on a child area to select it. You can add multiple.
  3. Click Save when you're finished.
Upload KML shapes
Easiest if you've already defined the area elsewhere, or it comes from an official source. 
  1. Click 'Build area by uploading KML shapes'.
  2. Choose the KML file or enter a URL for the file. 
  3. Click Save when you're finished.

Finished. Want to view data for your area?