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I'm using the commons tag for open undeveloped land in San Francisco, in particular, my interest is potential undisturbed natural areas and/or future restoration areas. Some of these are fenced off or signed no trespassing like Laguna Honda but they are lands not being utilized, so available for public use or at least remote viewing and for habitat. Access would apply to the level of enforcement. I'm new to this so feel free to suggest alternatives. If I was writing the rules, it might be 'wildlands', although then you get into sorting whether it's weeds or undisturbed natural habitat.

Late, I know - but I'll chip in anyhow, someone else might see even if its too late for you.I'd suggest landuse=grass, natural=scrub, natural=grassland or landuse=meadow from what you've said. EricITO 18:59, 9 May 2011 (BST)


This seems to be similar to leisure=natural_reserve without particular protection restrictions, right?--Cracklinrain (talk) 15:52, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

No, the single most important thing about leisure=common is that access is a given. See also village_green. Common is a functional tag (like most tags) not about ownership (that which you are tagging). If its owned by the local authority this should go in the operator tag. There are specific tags for conservation and protected_area which may be more relevant to this. I would think the European notion of a 'common' might be largely alien in North America with it's deeply rooted approach to private land-ownership.
I am not a native speaker. I assume that leisure is a place where people spend their free time like at a park. Since sombody wants to go hiking at the forest (with wood production - which may mean "no natural protection") and the forest is not private, then we can tag it as leisure=common. And I think there should not be anybody who is taking care of the place except the forester.--Cracklinrain (talk) 23:54, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
this is vastly different to common land, which is an idea stretching back at least 1,500 years in england, possibly other european countries. common land is managed by commoners, that is those who live and farm the land. it is protected to prevent overuse, and cannot be enclosed. your above description is a bit crude, and somewhat misses the point - common land does have protection, it's not a free-for-all myfanwy (talk) 04:24, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

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What exactly does this means? "An area where the public can walk anywhere" is quite vague. --Jttt 06:01, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

You aren't allowed to e.g. walk in a forrest without permit from the landowner in England and some other places. This implies a place where you are allowed to roam freely in these countries. --LH 19:06, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

If it's just about access restrictions, why not use an access tag? --Ulfm 23:50, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

Is this Wikipedia:Common land ? Rtafav2 11:51, 19 October 2012 (BST)

That does not fit to the key leisure, in my opinion.--Cracklinrain (talk) 15:47, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

For discussions and questions use the Discussion page!--Cracklinrain (talk) 15:51, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

End of discussion moved from main page --Peter Reed (talk) 17:44, 28 August 2014 (UTC)