[Tagging] Reviewing wiki pages - Tag:landcover=greenery

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 11:35:13 UTC 2019

On Tue, 23 Jul 2019 at 03:04, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>

> I don’t usually map such small features; there are so many villages, roads
> and rivers still missing from Indonesia.

I wouldn't generally map a shrubbery either.  A shrubbery in somebody's
back garden is just
a garden.  And I generally wouldn't map the back garden either.  But there
are two cases where I
might map a shrubbery:

1) It's a large feature visible from the road and it aids navigation if
it's on the map.  Such was
the case with the example I gave (I've since mapped it as an area hedge).

2) It's a feature in a garden or park open to the public and is noteworthy
in some way.

It is also possible to use natural=scrub to specify areas of land covered
> by shrubs - while this is usually found in less managed areas of shrubs,
> I’ve seen many examples of small patches of scrubs mapped in urban areas in
> Europe, for example, to map a small triangle of shrubs growing along a road
> or canal, or between two agricultural fields. So a shrubbery could also be
> tagged natural=scrub if it isn’t a garden, just like how natural=wood is
> used for small clumps of trees in urban areas.

If it's not in a garden it's not a shrubbery, it's just scrub.  Shrubberies
are planned and maintained.

A shrubbery!
> Ni!
> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=69iB-xy0u4A
> (As an American, that line was the first time I ever heard of a
> “shrubbery”, so the word always sounds rather silly)

It sounds silly in British English, too.  Because it is often used in a way
that could be interpreted
as meaning several shrubs, and I used to think that's what it meant.  But
it's more than that,
somewhat like the distinction between a wood (natural and left to its own
devices) and a tree
plantation (man-made, with a view to harvesting the wood).  It may seem
strange to use
shrubbery with an article but it's actually incorrect to use it without an
article.  Pretty much the
same way that you can refer to "an orangery" or "the orangery" but it's
wrong to say "over there
is some orangery."

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