[OSM-talk] Several approved features moved to Map_features page
Phillip.Barnett at itn.co.uk
Wed Feb 21 16:18:05 GMT 2007
True. They are _subtly_ different, but I don't actually see much
advantage to keeping the distinction in real life.
If you're looking at pretty rendered maps, they'll probably both show up
as green patches.
If you're looking for distinctive landmarks as you drive through the
area in a car/bicycle/horse, you'll basically be looking out for green
space. You may or may not have time to notice the height of the grass
If you're looking at legal status of your right to access the area, etc,
then since village greens are actually 'common land', as are 'commons,'
that they have the exact same legal status in terms of your right of
The difference appears to lie purely in the length of the grass, which
you could argue is a degree to fine even for the highest ambitions!
Obviously people are free to tag anything they like in OSM, but given
that this feature was passed (perfectly properly) by only a two person
vote, I suggest that it wouldn't hurt to re-run the vote. No?
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To: Barnett, Phillip
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Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Several approved features moved to Map_features
On Wed, Feb 21, 2007 at 12:41:16PM -0000, Barnett, Phillip wrote:
> Village greens are a _subset_ of commons. I agree, most people could
Probably - I don't know the legal definition. Certainly they are both
land that the public have access to.
> In which case, you'll be defining an area of (usually) grassy common
> land somewhere NOT necessarily in the middle of a village (perhaps
I would usually expect a village green to be an area of mown grass,
usually used for leisure. A common could be the above, but is often also
an area of land that sheep or other animals graze on (probably more the
historical use). Therefore they are different IMHO.
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