Ordnance Survey (OS) has published a free interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain – parks, public gardens, playing fields, sports areas, play spaces, allotments and community gardens. 

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Greenspace Scotland - The Scottish Greenspace Map, released by greenspace scotland and the Scottish Government in 2011, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. This new project with Ordnance Survey updates the Scottish Greenspace Map and extends it to England and Wales, with the aim of making it easier for people to find and access every green corner of Britain’s neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has published a free interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain, which can be used immediately through the popular leisure planning and map app OS Maps. This comprehensive map of greenspaces is also available as an open dataset for communities and businesses to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles.

The dataset accurately depicts the location and extent of recreational and leisure features and, for larger sites, their access points. It includes parks and public gardens, play spaces, playing fields, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, allotments and more.

The dataset is available from OS http://www.os.uk/opendata or can be viewed via OS Maps www.os.uk/osmaps

Scotland’s Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said:

“It is great to see Scotland leading the way on this. These free, up-to-date, comprehensive maps of accessible greenspace allow everyone to see where to go to enjoy our wonderful outdoors.

“Evidence shows that improving access to local greenspace benefits physical health, mental wellbeing and provides social opportunities. The Greenspace Map helps identify where there is a lack of open space so local authorities, public sector partners and community groups can develop plans to develop and improve these areas within local neighbourhoods.

“These maps provide the cornerstone for open space strategies and green network plans, as well as supporting ground-breaking academic research on greenspace and health.”

Read full greenspace scotland press release here

 

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