Historic parks in England, 1890s-1900s

Further Information

This viewer allows you to explore the evolving boundaries of England’s ancient parks and designed landscapes, comparing their historic outlines with current extents. The OS Historic Parks Layer draws on meticulous analysis of over 10,000 maps and 1,701 map tiles from the OS 6-Inch 2nd Edition England Maps (1888-1915).

In collaboration with the National Library of Scotland and Forestry Commission (FC), Zulu Ecosystems used machine learning and deep learning technologies to identify and classify the historic symbology used for parks, gardens, and designed landscapes. This data then underwent further refinement through post-processing techniques and manual verification to ensure high accuracy and reliability at scale.

This digital resource is designed to support the FC's efforts in tree planning and landscape conservation, ensuring both accessibility and integrity of the landscape.

On submitting corrections to the layer

Zulu Ecosystems is committed to the continuous refinement of this layer and the layer is also open to contributions. If you spot any errors, please record them by using the Parks Correction Panel.

Please note that you will need to access the layer through a desktop or tablet to see both the panel and the woodland layer at the same time. Both panels are not yet visible on mobile.

The dataset will be updated regularly, and new versions released, to ensure the highest possible accuracy of the layer.

The National Library of Scotland is keen to extract data from our collections, enhancing possibilities for research, learning and creativity. We are committed to releasing this OS six-inch historic parklands layer as an open dataset on our Data Foundry.

Go to Historic Parks Overlay viewer.