[Tagging] RFC - facade gardens

Bert -Araali- Van Opstal bert.araali.afritastic at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 18:03:47 UTC 2021

I also prefer a more general term like "urban garden".

It does exist, and the popularity is growing, not just on facades.  In 
Africa we get more and more gardens on roof tops, basements and even 
indoors (in semi open or housing or premises with glass roofs or inner 
gardens in compounds).  We are also struggling with how to tag them, 
allotments, leisure=garden ?  We even see some developments on a 
commercial and industrial scale, all deserve distinguished mapping.
I think urban garden could work fine and maybe add an attribution key to 
more diversify the different types ? A good read is 

A big challenge here is how to map them, as the facade gardens might be 
stacked at the same place across several building levels.  Same concept 
as with indoor mapping ? What are you thinking about ?

Greetings, Bert Araali

On 07/04/2021 15:51, joost schouppe wrote:
> Hi,
> We started mapping "facade gardens" in Belgium. The tag we've started 
> to use is leisure 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:leisure>=garden 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:leisure%3Dgarden> + 
> garden:type 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:garden:type>=facade_garden 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag:garden:type%3Dfacade_garden&action=edit&redlink=1>. 
> Facade gardens are miniature gardens in urban areas. How to recognize 
> them:
> - perched against a private facade
> - replaces existing pavement, usually a hole in the sidewalk
> - very small, usually just a meter or so along the facade, and about 
> 30 cm deep
> - not operated by the government, but rather a private initiative 
> (this is usually recognizable by the very "personal style" of the 
> little garden)
> While tiny, local governments encourage the creation of these gardens 
> for their perceived positive effect on neighborhood livability, air 
> quality and heat island effect. It is unclear to me if this concept is 
> known in other countries than Belgium and Holland, so it is unknown if 
> facade_garden is the best possible term to use here.
> The tagging proposal also introduces some extra tags to add extra 
> information about the garden.
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Facade_garden 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Facade_garden>
> Best,
> Joost Schouppe
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