Every recreational greenspace, from parks to bowling greens, is included

View of great lawn at Burgess Park, Southwark. © LDA Design

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access green spaces has launched  with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain.

Delivered by Ordnance Survey (OS), the free map contains data from OS and other sources, and can be used immediately, for free, through the popular leisure mapping app and online service OS Maps. This comprehensive map of Great Britain’s green spaces is also available as an open dataset, called OS Open Greenspace, for communities, businesses and developers to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles.

Accurately depicted within the dataset are the location and extent of recreational and leisure features and, for larger sites, their access points. The data includes every public park in Great Britain, every play space, playing field, golf course, public garden, bowling green, allotment, and other elements.

The new facility represents an updating and extension of the Scottish Greenspace Map, released by greenspace scotland and the Scottish Government in 2011, which was the first of its kind in the world.

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