|landuse = village_green|
|A village green is a distinctive area of grassy public land in a village centre. Not a generic tag for urban greenery.|
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|Status: de facto|
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The tag landuse=village_green is used to map a : a distinctive area of grassy public land in a village centre. It's an area of common land, usually grass but often including flowers, shrubs, small trees and a pond, located in the centre of a village (quintessentially English - defined separately from 'common land' under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and the Commons Act 2006).
In Spain the tag has been used consensually to map Paseos: often rather different in appearance to English village greens, but sharing the functional purpose of a common shared space for inhabitants and their activities.
The German page compares such spaces with the (de) in the East and with the (de) in the Northwest of Central Europa.
- landuse=recreation_ground - An area of general recreation that is not distinctly a park.
- landuse=grass - A smaller area of mown and managed grass
- leisure=park - A public park or recreational green space. In the UK, a village green is a legally recognised area of common land.
- natural=shrubbery - A small area of managed shrubs, often found in (sub)urban areas as decoration or barrier.
This tag is often used in a different way which was not originally intended: rather than specifying a distinctive part of a village centre as described above, it has been used to map small areas of mixed vegetation (grass, flowers, shrubs and small trees), mostly in urban areas, very often maintained by the municipality. See the photos on the talk page for this type of use.
Such use of the tag is incorrect. More specific tagging for various types of vegetated areas is described at Vegetation.
Common tagging mistakes
- Proposed features/village green - original tag proposal and vote (December 2006)