[Talk-GB] When is a hedge a wood?

Martin Wynne martin at templot.com
Mon Aug 27 12:48:36 UTC 2018

> Another instance where this can cause problems is 
> something like a public square, in many cases these are legally highways 
> even if they are, at least most of the time, pedestrianised. But you 
> can't tag an area as a highway, only a way. So you can't tag a public 
> open space as a highway even if, legally, it is.

Hi Mark,

A highway doesn't have to be a way. For public squares and similar you 
can have area=yes and highway=pedestrian, extending beyond the actual 
road ways (which retain their colour but lose their border lines on the 

In theory you could use that for the area between the hedgerows along 
all public roads, to avoid the ugly "no man's land" which becomes 
visible when zoomed in on the render.

What you can't do is have landuse=highway, which would otherwise be the 
most logical way to deal with such areas.



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