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

Marc Zoutendijk marczoutendijk at mac.com
Thu Jan 12 15:47:09 UTC 2017

> Op 12 jan. 2017, om 15:17 heeft Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> het volgende geschreven:
> 2017-01-11 22:40 GMT+01:00 Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com>:
>> Approach =the problem from 2 different ways of thinking -
>> What is the 'cover' ... landcover ?
>> and then 
>> What is the 'use' ... landuse?
>> Once you divide those 2 things up it makes it clearer what is there. 
> +1, this is what I am advocating for many years: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/landcover

I like that idea too, but why did that proposal process stop? Your original proposal is from 2010!! And a renewed one from 2014?

To find out how the tag has been used on the map, I started a research with overpass in Great Britain to see how that tag is used in that country, being the country where the Village Green seems to have originated.

First I quote the wiki:

"A village green is a distinctive part of a village centre. It's an area of common land (usually grass but may also be a lake), in the centre of a village (quintessentially English - defined separately from 'common land' under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and the Commons Act 2006).”

Please note: “distinctive part” and “in the centre of a village” in the definition

I found many uses of landuse=village_green that _completely_ignore_ the core definition in the wiki!
I made some screenshotes (from overpass) to inspect (I have used the color red to show the usage):


Especially the 3rd example is worth viewing.https://marczoutendijk.stackstorage.com/s/FFOD0zEB7KMuudL
To see what’s really there (‘on the ground”), you should drive around a bit:


Is that a Village Green according to the wiki?
Don’t make me laugh!

What function do the wiki’s have in the OSM world?


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