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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Scotland’s Greenspace Map, released by greenspace scotland and the Scottish Government in 2011, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Now a new project with Ordnance Survey has updated the Scottish Greenspace Map and extended it to England and Wales.

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. This comprehensive map of greenspaces is available through the OS Maps app and as an open dataset for communities and businesses to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles.

For public sector users and academics, there is also OS MasterMap Greenspace which is available through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) and Public Service Map Agreement (PSMA). This continues to use the greenspace typology as set out in PAN65, with just a few minor changes, to categorise all urban greenspaces into 22 different types.  The OS MasterMap Greenspace Layer provides vital geospatial data to support planning, management and research. Find out more about OS Greenspace here


Accessing the greenspace data

The open dataset is available from OS via http://www.os.uk/opendata or can be viewed through the map app OS Maps www.os.uk/osmaps available from the Apple and Android play stores.

OSMA and PSMA members can access OS MasterMap Greenspace through the usual Online Ordering Service – and coming soon for EDINA members.

Using the greenspace data


What’s new for Scotland?

The 2011 Greenspace Map has been comprehensively updated and coverage has been extended to all settlements over 500 population (the 2011 map covered settlements of 3000 population).

The PAN65 greenspace typology is still used and categorisation is now more comprehensive as each polygon can have up to two ‘functional’ types and two ‘form’ types - previously each polygon was assigned just a primary and secondary type.

OS Open Greenspace includes access points for many greenspaces and this ‘access point’ data can be used in conjunction with OS MasterMap Greenspace to support accessibility work.

OS Open Greenspace covers accessible greenspaces across the whole of Britain – urban and rural areas.

OS will ensure the data is kept up-to-date and there is a new feedback mechanism for reporting updates and any errors.

More about the original greenspace map project

Source: greenspace scotland

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