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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = churchyard
Churchyard of St Mary's, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.jpg
Area surrounding a church or chapel — Deprecated: consider landuse=religious instead. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: landuse
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: deprecated

Used to map the area surrounding a Christian church or chapel, particularly when this does not contain a graveyard. The churchyard may include a number of ancillary buildings and facilities, such as a church hall, schoolroom and vicarage (manse, priest's house).

This tag is problematic as it duplicates more common ways to map such objects and conflicts with some uses of this word[1].

See also landuse=religious, a more general tag with the same purpose, but not related to a specific religion. Note that this tag is suitable also in cases where grounds include no longer visible (and therefore unmappable) underground traces of a former cemetery.

See amenity=grave_yard for a graveyard associated with a church

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  1. Cambridge Dictionary (UK) - "an area of land around a church, where dead bodies are buried ", Merriam-Webster (US): "a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground.", The Oxford Dictionary (UK) - "an area of land around a church, often used for burying people" https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2019-December/049875.html and https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2019-December/049882.html