|natural = shrubbery|
|An area of shrubbery that is actively maintained or pruned by humans. A slightly wilder look is also possible.|
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|Status: in use|
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The tag natural=shrubbery is used to map areas of shrubs, bush and shrubbery that is manicured or otherwise actively maintained (e.g. clipped box hedges or decorative shrubbery). These shrubbery areas typically fulfil ornamental roles, or are used as barrier areas between urban features such as roads and recreation areas. Shrubbery may also be planted and maintained by humans but kept more wildly (see examples below). This in contrast to natural=scrub which is intended for wild scrublands with no human intervention.
This tag was proposed in two iterations; as the stand-alone natural=shrubbery tag and as a refinement of natural=scrub. Both proposals were rejected, in large part due to them representing two opposing schools of thought concerning the mapping of man-managed shrubby areas. natural=shrubbery is documented here under the any tags you like principle, with a goal of growing support for it organically by mappers using it.
Mappers using this tag should be aware that broad rendering support may be quite a while off — if at all possible. For this reason some mappers prefer using natural=scrub for man-managed shrubby areas as well as wild scrubland. Be aware that this practice is disputed, yet still very common — see the documentation of that tag for further details.
How to tag
While natural=shrubbery should be considered an impassable object for most traffic unless a highway=* is mapped through it (unlike, say, a grass lawn), the effective density of these areas when mapped serves a number of purposes. For orienteering oneself using a map, this detail can be useful, and may be employed by renderers to highlight it. shrubbery:density=dense in particular is useful to indicate that a natural=shrubbery area acts as a hedge.
Note that the following descriptions are (of course) just a rule of thumb for a rough, general categorisation. Mappers should not barge through shrubberies to figure out its density.
|sparse||Sparsely planted shrubbery. Generally speaking able-bodied persons could walk through them (although this is usually not desirable).|
|medium||Shrubbery with a medium density. Able-bodied persons might be able to barge through it, but it takes some effort and might result in scratches or soiled clothing.|
|dense||Densely planted shrubbery. Effectively impassible without damaging the shrubbery (which at this point often acts as a hedge) and getting your clothes torn.|
This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.
height=* can be added to all shrubby areas as well; it may be particularly useful for hedges which act like a barrier.
For natural=shrubbery which fall in the category of a neatly clipped hedge or on Wikipedia, shrubbery:shape=* can be used to indicate its shape. For a typical box-hedge this will be a basic shrubbery:shape=box, but any fanciful shape one might prune a topiary into can be described (e.g., shrubbery:shape=dragon or shrubbery:shape=spiral).
Before natural=shrubbery the tagging of hedges (i.e., dense shrubby areas that act as a physical (and often visual) barrier) as an area was often done with barrier=hedge together with area=yes. Because this practice is deemed controversial, the shrubbery:density=* key was developed as way to mark the effective density of a shrubby area. For hedges a combination of natural=shrubbery with shrubbery:density=dense and height=* can be used a replacement.
When not to use
- For wild scrublands, use the tag natural=scrub. If some overgrown branches of the shrubs in a scrubland are sometimes trimmed to keep for example a road clear, still use the tag natural=scrub.
- For individual bushes, use the tag natural=shrub on a node
- For linear hedges that are to small to be mapped as an area, use barrier=hedge.
|natural=shrubbery (an example of shrubbery:density=dense)|
|natural=shrubbery (an example of shrubbery:density=medium)|
|natural=shrubbery (an example of shrubbery:density=sparse)|
And a few examples of natural features that are not shrubbery.
|This is natural=scrub|
|This is a clear example of natural=heath|
|This is natural=scrub. Even though some overgrowth is sometimes trimmed away to keep the road clear .|
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