[Tagging] Discourage use of landuse=churchyard?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 05:27:55 UTC 2019

The tag landuse=churchyard has been used several thousand times, but
amenity=graveyard is over 10 times more common, and landuse=religious
is 4 times more common.

I would recommend discouraging use of this tag, because the wiki
definition contradicts the plain-English meaning of churchyard, which
is usually a graveyard (cemetry) or burial ground next to a church.

The wiki page for landuse=churchyard claims "Used to map the area
surrounding a christian church or chapel, particularly when this does
not contain a graveyard" - this conflicts with the common English
definition of the value.

Cambridge Dictionary (UK):
"an area of land around a church, where dead bodies are buried "

Merriam-Webster (US):
"a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground."

To avoid ambiguity, mappers can use the two well-accepted tags
landuse=religious + religion=christian
amenity=graveyard + religion=christian, depending on the situation.

I would like to update the wiki page for landuse=churchyard to suggest
not using the tag and changing to one of the other two tags +
religion=christian instead.

- Joseph Eisenberg

More information about the Tagging mailing list