Ordnance Survey has released a comprehensive map of greenspaces throughout Britain, which the UK Government says will help tackle health and environmental issues.
The project, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by the Ordnance Survey, provides the public with a rich source of information on the location and extent of greenspaces up and down the country. They include local parks, play areas, sports pitches and allotments.
“Greenspaces are a vital part of our landscape and this new database and online map will make it easier for people across the country to access local parks and lead healthier lives,” said the UK’s Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. “With the completion of this mapping project, we have delivered on an important commitment and shown yet again how innovation can improve everyday lives.”
The free greenspace maps, which include areas such as National Nature Reserves, will provide a hugely valuable resource to the public and public sector organisations who manage these important spaces, said the Government. As well as providing information about access points to sites, the rich dataset will provide a framework that will support a wide variety of analysis of greenspaces to ensure they continue to prosper, it said.