Green space access

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Greenery Access Rights

The Green space access map ([1]) on ITO Map highlights a range of 'green' areas and indicates if they are definitely available for use by the public, are definitely private or if the access status is unclear. Some areas are by definition open to the public (for example a village green), others, such as a park are likely to be available but one can not be user, for others it is impossible to say (a tennis court for example) etc. As well as indicating the likelihood of admittance, the map also shows incorrect tag combinations and ones that are discouraged.

Key

Colour Meaning
Light green Definitely open to the public although a fee may be required. No additional tagging needed.
Dark green Probably open to the public. Add appropriate access/fee tag to clarify.
Black No accessibility information given or implied. Add access or fee tagging to clarify
Dark blue Probably not open to the public. Add access or fee tagging to clarify
Light blue Definitely not open to the public. No additional tagging needed.
Red The tag combination is illegal or discouraged (landuse=wood or a village green that is tagged as being private for example). See below for details.

Access tagging

The following access=* values are used to determine if an area is open to the public or not.

  • Non public areas: access=no/private/official/military/argricultural/forestry/destination/restricted/delivery
  • Public areas: access=yes/permissive/public
  • Unknown access status: access=unknown

Alternatively fee=* can be used to specify if access is available with payment of a fee. Value include the following:

  • free access: fee=no
  • access available on payment of a fee: fee=yes, fee=$xx etc
  • access is sometimes free and sometimes for a fee: fee=interval (see fee article for more details).

Areas that are checked

The following tags are checked and highlighted on the map in an appropriate colour:

Function Tag Colour
Camp site tourism=camp_site Probably not open to the public (dark blue) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Cemetery landuse=cemetery Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Common leisure=common Open to the public by definition (light green); if it is tagged 'access=private' then this will be flagged as an error (red).
Dog park leisure=dog_park Open to the public (light green) unless tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Scrub natural=scrub Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Fell natural=fell Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Forest landuse=forest More information is needed (grey) to know if it is a) open to the public and tagged with 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' (light green) or b) closed to the public and is tagged 'access=private' (light blue).
Garden leisure=garden More information is needed (grey) to know if it is a) open tagged with any 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' or any other 'garden:type' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or b) tagged 'access=private' or 'garden:type=residential' in which case it is private (light blue).
Greenfield landuse=greenfield More information is needed (grey) to know if it is a) open to the public and is 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' (light green) or b) private being tagged 'access=private'.
Golf_course leisure=golf_course More information needed (grey) to determine if it is a) available for use by the public upon payment of a fee (fee=yes/xx) or b) is members only with access=private (light blue).
Grass landuse=grass Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Grassland natural=grassland Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Grave yard amenity=grave_yard Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Heath natural=heath Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Meadow landuse=meadow Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Moor natural=moor Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Nature Reserve leisure=nature_reserve More information is needed to know if it is open or closed to the public (black) unless tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue) or tagged with 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green).
Orchard landuse=orchard Probably not open to the public (dark blue) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Park leisure=park Open to the public (light green) unless tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Pitch leisure=pitch More information is needed to know if it is open or closed to the public (black) unless tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue) or tagged with 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green).
Recreation ground landuse=recreation_ground Probably open to the public (dark green) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Village green landuse=village_green By definition it is accessible to the public (light green); if tagged as private then this will be flagged as an error (red).
Vineyard landuse=vineyard Probably not open to the public (dark blue) unless tagged 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green) or tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue).
Wood natural=wood More information is needed to know if it is open or closed to the public (black) unless tagged 'access=private' in which case it is private (light blue) or tagged with 'access=permissive' or 'access=yes' in which case it is definitely open to the public (light green).

Unsupported tag combinations

The following tag combinations are not recommended on the wiki and are highlighted in red on the overlay map:

Tag Suggested Reason
amenity=graveyard amenity=grave_yard Unsupported tag.
landuse=garden leisure=garden Unsupported tag.
landuse=nature_reserve leisure=nature_reserve Unsupported tag.
landuse=village_green with access=private landuse=village_green with access=yes OR landuse=grass with access=private 'landuse=village_green' is based off of legal status where the area is open to the public.
landuse=wood natural=wood or landuse=forest Discouraged tag.
leisure=common with access=private leisure=common with access=yes OR landuse=grass with access=private 'leisure=common' is based off of legal status where the area is open to the public.
leisure=field landuse=grass, natural=grassland, landuse=meadow or landuse=farm Unsupported tag.
leisure=grass landuse=grass, natural=grassland or landuse=recreation_ground Unsupported tag.
leisure=green landuse=grass, landuse=village_green or leisure=common Unsupported tag.
leisure=golf leisure=golf_course Unsupported tag.
natural=garden leisure=garden Unsupported tag.
natural=grass natural=grassland Unsupported tag.
natural=meadow landuse=meadow Discouraged tag.
natural=scrubs natural=scrub Unsupported tag.

Related OSM Initiatives

Wiki page detailing natural and environmment OSM projects and tags:Environmental_OSM