Vegetation - OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbols for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence .

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see a section of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale map.

For vegetation there are more symbols on 25K than on 50 K maps. Woods and orchards have symbols on 50K maps - see Land feature symbols on 50K maps for our examples of them.

Coniferous trees OS 25K symbol - Coniferous trees NR7118 : Forest on Beinn Ghulean by David HawgoodMap link
Coniferous trees - scatteredST5134 : The Cedar Walk by Richard WebbMap link Scattered coniferous trees have the same tree symbol but without the tint which shows woodland.
Non-coniferous trees OS25K Vegetation  - deciduous trees TQ0509 : Norfolk Clump by Robin WebsterMap link
Non-coniferous trees - scattered SK2571 : Chatsworth Park by Trevor LittlewoodMap link Scattered non-coniferous trees have the same tree symbol but without the tint which shows woodland.
Coppice OS25K Vegetation - coppiceTL2852 : Mature Coppice, Hayley Wood by Rob NobleMap link The wood has some coppice symbols and some non-coniferous tree symbols.
Boundary treeName of tree variety, adjacent to boundary symbolNY5540 : Boundary tree, Kirkoswald by Humphrey BoltonMap link The example has the word "sycamore"by the dots of a parish boundary. There are "oak" and "ash" just North of it.
Scrub OS25K Vegetation - scrubSX2467 : St Cleer Downs by Hugh VenablesMap link The area around here has the symbol for scrub (three blobs, tallest on left), and many areas that might be considered scrub have the symbol for bracken, heath and rough grassland
Bracken, heath or rough grassland OS25K Vegetation - bracken etcSH6523 : Towards the summit of Diffwys by Rudi Winter Map link There seem to be several slightly different symbols, this area has the one with vertical strokes but no blobs, presumably the one for rough grassland.
Bracken, heath or rough grassland OS25K Vegetation - bracken etc SN7751 : Bracken-covered slope in Cwm Doethie by Rudi WinterMap link Symbol with some blobs - bracken here
Marsh, reeds or saltings OS25K Vegetation - marsh etcSE4007 : Reed beds near to the River Dearne and RSPB Edderthorpe Flash by Steve  FarehamMap link Reeds
Marsh, reeds or saltings OS25K Vegetation - marsh etcSD4157 : Saltmarsh by Michael Graham Map link Saltmarsh
Orchard OS25K Vegetation - orchardTQ8962 : Orchard by Starveacre Lane by Penny MayesMap link

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