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Village green at Beddgelert - geograph.org.uk - 2945117.jpg
A village green is a distinctive area of grassy public land in a village centre. Not a generic tag for urban greenery. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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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). This model was brought to New England, where areas with identical areas were fixtures of both large cities and rural villages.

The purpose of a village green is to provide a place for the community to gather, relax, and engage in leisure activities. It may be used for events such as picnics, concerts, or sporting events.


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.


In Estonia landuse=village_green is called külaplats (village square) and it typically may include some or all of the following features:

  • amenity=stage (named laululava or kõlakoda) - usually covered stage for performers
  • amenity=festival_grounds (named lauluväljak) - wider area around the stage, that usually is not covered and includes area for dancing and seating
  • leisure=village_swing - very big swing for adults
  • leisure=firepit - for festivities that include big bonfires (for example Jaanipäev or St John's Day), as of 2023/05 there is no subtag to differentiate it from typical campsite fire pit
  • leisure=pitch - for selected sports (typically one basketball hoop or miniature soccer goal)
  • area for seating
  • amenity=parking area for parking
  • amenity=toilets

Because of festivals where big bonfires are lit, village greens in Estonia are often located near lake, pond, river or seashore and wherever possible slightly away from housing. In South Estonia small building=chapel (tsässon or eukterion) is often located nearby the same village green.

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.
  • natural=shrubbery - A small area of managed shrubs, often found in (sub)urban areas as decoration or barrier

How to map

There should only ever be one landuse=village_green for every village green. In contrary to its name not every part of a village green has to be green. What makes a village green is its purpose and function. Therefore, include all elements that help serve this function.

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

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