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09/07/2017

The Scottish Greenspace Map, released by greenspace scotland and the Scottish Government in 2011, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. This new project with Ordnance Survey updates the Scottish Greenspace Map and extends it to England and Wales, with the aim of making it easier for people to find and access every green corner of Britain’s neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

Ordnance Survey (OS) has published a free interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain, which can be used immediately through the popular leisure planning and map app OS Maps. This comprehensive map of greenspaces is also available as an open dataset for communities and businesses to create products and services that will encourage healthier and greener lifestyles.

Based on the success of the Scottish Greenspace Map, the approach has now been rolled out to the rest of Great Britain and OS have taken on responsibility for ensuring the data is kept up-to-date.  The OS Open Greenspace dataset and map has developed in collaboration with a large number of Government, public sector and third sector partners.

Scotland’s Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said:

“It is great to see Scotland leading the way on this. These free, up-to-date, comprehensive maps of accessible greenspace allow everyone to see where to go to enjoy our wonderful outdoors. 

“Evidence shows that improving access to local greenspace benefits physical health, mental well-being and provides social opportunities. The Greenspace Map helps identify where there is a‎ lack of open space so local authorities, public sector partners and community groups can develop plans to develop and improve these areas within local neighbourhoods. 

“These maps provide the cornerstone for open space strategies and green network plans, as well as supporting ground-breaking academic research on greenspace and health.”

The dataset accurately depicts the location and extent of recreational and leisure features and, for larger sites, their access points. It includes parks and public gardens, play spaces, playing fields, golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, allotments and more. The dataset is available from OS http://www.os.uk/opendata or can be viewed via OS Maps www.os.uk/osmaps

Ordnance Survey Chief Executive, Nigel Clifford, said:

“Geospatial data can transform Governments, businesses and communities for the better. We see that through our work in Great Britain and internationally, and we’re excited to be one of those at the forefront leading this and making contributions of consequence and benefit.

“I’m particularly proud of this product as it delivers valuable information to the public, enabling people and families living in urban areas across Great Britain to discover the greenspaces near them. In addition to this, we’re also making the data open and freely available to anyone who can access it and begin experimenting and creating with. I look forward to seeing what people come up with.”

OS has also produced OS MasterMap Greenspace, a public-sector version of the greenspace map made available through the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. Aimed at giving the public-sector accurate and up-to-date geospatial data to improve planning, analysis and decision making, OSMM Greenspace contains the location of all publicly accessible and non-accessible greenspaces. As well as greenspace initiatives, it is hoped the dataset will prove instrumental in helping the public sector create and manage health and wellbeing strategies, active travel plans and various environmental initiatives that include air quality, biodiversity, housing, regeneration and flood resilience.

Julie Procter, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland and co-ordinator of the Greenspace Map Scottish Project Board said:

“Greenspaces make a real difference to our lives and communities. From parks and playing fields, to play areas and community gardens; they are wonderful places for children to play, oases of calm where you can relax and unwind, and great places to meet friends and neighbours.  As green infrastructure, they provide a range of natural services – improving air quality, mitigating flooding and creating wildlife corridors. To be able to manage and enjoy our greenspaces we need accurate information about their location, type and extent. 

Scotland led the way with the world’s first greenspace map in 2011. We’re delighted to work in partnership with Ordnance Survey to bring a new, improved and extended greenspace map and an open data version which will make it accessible to a wider range of groups and individuals. This is an amazing tool to enable us to better manage and enjoy our wonderful greenspaces.”

Notes

Find out more about OS Greenspace here

How to access the map and data
The free map contains data from Ordnance Survey (OS) and other sources, and can be used immediately.  The dataset is available from OS via http://www.os.uk/opendata or can be viewed through the popular leisure planning and map app OS Maps via OS Maps www.os.uk/osmaps available from the Apple and Android play stores. OSMA members can access OS MasterMap Greenspace through the usual Online Ordering Service

Working in partnership
A multi-partner group has worked collaboratively to develop the methodology and product specifications. In Scotland, the project was led by Scottish Government and greenspace scotland, working with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, CoSLA and Scottish Councils, Forestry Commission Scotland, Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, Improvement Service, NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and sportscotland.

In England and Wales, the project was led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, working with a stakeholder group which included: Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Public Health England, Sport England and the Welsh Assembly.

About greenspace scotland
greenspace scotland is an independent charitable company. Our goal is that everyone living and working in urban Scotland should have easy access to quality greenspace which meets local needs and improves their quality of life. We work with a wide range of local and national partners to support the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces and green networks as a key part of the infrastructure of our towns and cities. www.greenspacescotland.org.uk  @greenspacescot

About Ordnance Survey
Britain’s mapping agency, Ordnance Survey makes the most up-to-date and accurate digital and paper maps of the country. Each day OS makes over 10,000 changes to its database of more than 500 million geographic features. Since 1791, OS content has been used to help governments, companies and individuals work more effectively both here and around the world. The information OS gathers helps keep the nation, economy and infrastructure moving. http://www.os.uk   @OrdnanceSurvey  @OSLeisure   #OSGreenspaceMap

About GetOutside
The GetOutside initiative was founded by Ordnance Survey to make outdoor activity more enjoyable, accessible and safe to all.  With over 250,000 pages of inspiration, it is already proving to be a popular tool as a wealth of resource for anyone looking to make the most of the great outdoors. https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/   #GetOutside