[Tagging] Wrong use of landuse=village_green - but what else to use?

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 10:42:59 UTC 2017

As I wrote on the Dutch forum, I see at least some leisure=park,
leisure=garden, natural=grassfield, natural=water+water=pond on your
You loose a lot of information if you map them all with village_green.
IMHO, a "village_green" outside the UK is a park, garden or
recreation_ground in OSM terminology.
it does not apply to the small patches of "green" on the sides of
roads or playground. They deserve another tag.

I think every place in the world should ideally belong to
- a landuse
- a landcover

additionally you can add leisure (park, garden, etc) or amenity (pub,
playground, etc.) on top of them.

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Marc Zoutendijk
<marczoutendijk at mac.com> wrote:
> Op 10 jan. 2017, om 05:14 heeft Marc Gemis <marc.gemis at gmail.com> het
> volgende geschreven:
> I thought the original question was broader than just the patches of
> green next to the road. I also want to know how to map those green
> patches when they are not part of roundabouts, or are located between
> sidewalk and road (where cars drive).
> To help us focus on what type of “green” I’m (and others) are thinking of, I
> have prepared a photo-collage:
> https://marczoutendijk.stackstorage.com/s/guN1x7PBfZfP1ZR
> At the core of all this we we see:
> - areas of any size but more often small
> - a variety of grass, plants, flowers and trees in any number and
> combination
> - located mostly inside urban areas
> - there is not normally an entrance to the area but sometime a footpath
> divides it
> Tagging this with leisure=garden covers all situations quiet well, save for
> the “entrance” part.
> One other idea was to add the operator=* tag. E.g. operator=municipality.
> One of the other possibilities (proposed in the Dutch Forum) to tackle this
> problem, is to redifine village_green to mean something different in The
> Netherlands then in the UK. Such local meaning of tags we also see for
> highway tagging.
> Marc Zoutendijk
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