The new Ordnance Survey Greenspace products can be viewed through the OS Maps app, the open dataset is available via http://www.os.uk/opendata and the MasterMap layer can downloaded by OSMA, PSMA and EDINA members.

OS MasterMap Greenspace provides an amazing geospatial resource for planners, policy makers, researchers and greenspace managers. It can be used to support cross-boundary work on green networks, planning and regeneration; and when combined with other datasets on, for example, health and deprivation, can be used to support decision-making, prioritisation, policy development and research. It can also help target resources and investment to areas with low levels of greenspace.

The following case studies using the original Scotland’s Greenspace Map provide examples of how the data can be used to inform the development of policy, practice and research at a range for scales, including local authority, regional and national.

case studies

Informing strategy and planning in Fife

Climate change adaptation opportunities mapping in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

Open space and health research in urban Scotland


We would love to hear how you are using the new OS greenspace products – please let us know via info@greenspacescotland.org.uk


why map greenspace?

Research has shown that greenspace delivers a wide-range of quality of life and quality of place benefits relating to health and wellbeing, economic development, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and adaptation. To deliver these benefits and to safeguard the management and development of the existing greenspace resource, local authorities and others need accurate information on the extent, distribution and type of greenspace in their area. Greenspace mapping provides this information which also enables cross-boundary work on strategic development plans, green networks and regeneration projects; the development of decision-support tools for opportunities mapping and prioritising investment; and when combined with other data can support national research on, for example, greenspace, health and deprivation.

Scottish Planning Policy requires local authorities to undertake an audit of their own open space and to produce an open space strategy. An open space strategy should comprise of these main elements: an audit of existing open space provision; an assessment of current and future requirements; and a strategy statement with a clear set of priorities and actions. There are two key elements of an open space audit, a quantitative audit of the amount and type of open space and an assessment of the quality and community value of open space. OS Greenspace provides the information required for the quantitative element of an open space audit and the inclusion of access points in the new OS Open Greenspace supports accessibility analysis.

accessing the data

Find out more about OS Greenspace here

The open dataset is available from OS via http://www.os.uk/opendata or can be viewed through the map app OS Maps www.os.uk/osmaps available from the Apple and Android play stores.

OSMA and PSMA members can access OS MasterMap Greenspace through the usual Online Ordering Service – and coming soon for EDINA members