Publicly accessible green space as a proportion of urban area


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Source: Office For National Statistics, Ordnance Survey

Geographical Area: Great Britain

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Figures may not sum due to rounding.

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Indicator available

Publicly accessible green space as a proportion of urban area

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

Great Britain

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Functional green space is defined as any green space that has a specific function in its use, for example, public parks or gardens, playing fields, golf courses, allotments etc. These spaces contain natural land cover, and can also include some blue space, for example, a park that has a lake within it. Publicly accessible functional green space is defined as a subset of functional green space, it removes green spaces expected to have restriction to entry, for example, golf courses. Restrictions to entry limits the ability of the green space to provide cultural services. Publicly accessible green space includes parks and public gardens, playing fields, cemetery and religious grounds.

Available disaggregations

Extent of publicly accessible green space (hectares)/extent of urban area (hectares)*100.

Other information

Estimates for the extent of green space in urban areas have been developed through collaborative work between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Ordnance Survey (OS) . This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 27 November 2019
Metadata last updated 04 December 2020

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age and persons with disabilities

Target name

By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

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Office For National Statistics, Ordnance Survey



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

Great Britain

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Release date 08 August 2019
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Statistical classification

Official Statistic

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