Open spaces shapefile for London

An earlier post looked at how to extract shapefile data from Open Street Map.

This is very useful for collecting data that is not provided easily in the public realm, although caution must be taken when deciding if the data is complete. One case where I needed a shapefile for a project, and I was very certain that set would be complete, is that of open spaces in London.

This was achieved by searching the features database and locating any key:value pairs of interest. These were the following:

  1. Landuse: Cemetery, clearing, conservation, forest, garden, grass, meadow, nature reserve, park, recreation ground, recreational, sport, village green and wood.
  2. Leisure: Sports centre, golf course, common, pitch and playground
  3. Natural: Grass, grassland and woodland

This was probably a few too many features, so some were removed after a comparison with OSM to see what I had and had not captured.

Also, from these selections, I decided to create two layers; an open space (everything that does not require payment/membership to enter) and green spaces (everything). Furthermore, I separated these into open access and private access by searching for the tags access=yes and access=private in the ‘other’ field of the shapefile.

I obtained each layer using a seperate osmosis command (as described in the post at the top of this page) and then merged the shapefile’s and tidied the attribute table so it only contained data I needed.

This zoom of central London showing Hyde Park and Regents Park highlights the accuracy:


With the entire shapefile (for open and private green spaces) below:


The shapefile is available from here.


39 thoughts on “Open spaces shapefile for London

  1. Hi, I really need the shapefile for the London open spaces for my coursework next week. And I have searched for this for many times on the internet but nothing found. Could you please send me one via email? Thanks a lot!

    My email address is


  2. Greetings Nathan!

    Excellent work here, I am currently doing some coursework for uni & the data you have would be extremely helpful as my deadline is soon. Would you mind sending it to me? My email is

    Kind regards & extremely grateful,



  3. Hi,
    and thank you very very much for sharing this data.
    I am making a study on the green infrastructure around London, is it possible to send the data in my email too?
    Thanks again!



  4. Hey Nathan.

    Thanks for sharing this data. I am working on a research project and desperately need spatial data on London’s open/greenspaces. Would be grateful if you could send it my way:

    Many thanks,


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