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Public-images-osm logo.svg landuse = village_green
A village green is a distinctive area of grassy public land in a village centre. Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Landuse
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The tag landuse=village_green is used to map a village green: 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)Dorfanger in the East and with the (de)Brink in the Northwest of Central Europa.

Similar Tags

  • 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.

Incorrect Use

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

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
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