Land Features

The OS National Geographic Database (NGD) Land Features Collection gives you access to the most current and comprehensive land cover data captured by Ordnance Survey as a standalone collection. It contains features which can be manmade (for example, tennis courts, residential gardens, construction sites) or natural land (for example, coniferous trees, cliffs, heath or rough grassland), but excludes features exclusively associated with buildings, structures, transport and water (the latter features can be found in their respective OS NGD collections).

The collection is comprised of five feature types: Land, Land Point, Landform, Landform Line and Landform Point.

Collection applications

The OS NGD Land Features Collection allows you to:

  • Ensure your land data is always completely up to date with up to daily updates.

  • Perform powerful analytics, underpinned by unrivalled OS accuracy.

  • Quickly identify land cover features of interest using the Description and Land Cover attribution, so you can perform tasks such as investigating flood absorption rates.

  • Visualise the land cover make-up of Great Britain, particularly when used in combination with data from other collections, such as the OS NGD Building Features, Structure Features, Transport Features, and Water Features Collections.

  • Calculate land area estimations to generate a statistical breakdown of land cover within your area of interest using the Geometry Area attribution.

Key elements

  • Up to daily updates to data.

  • Plug and play – the data is simple and quick to implement as you don't need to pre-process it before you use it.

  • Rich attribution ensures the data is straightforward to navigate and query.

  • Persistent unique identifiers with lifecycle information.

  • Comprehensive list of easy-to-understand land cover descriptions.

  • 'IsTidal' attribution allows users to easily query which areas of land are within an intertidal zone.

  • Name attribution (if known) available for the Land Point, Landform and Landform Point Feature Types, so users can identify what specific land features are called.


Great Britain.

Default coordinate reference system

British National Grid (EPSG: 27700).

Temporal filtering

The earliest date on which you can request a one-off snapshot of a date in the past for data in this collection is noted at the top of the individual feature type pages.

Supply formats

GeoPackage, CSV (comma-separated value), GeoJSON or vector tiles (the latter format is not available for one feature type in the collection: Landform Point).

Supply mechanism

Accessed through the OS Data Hub via:

  • OS Select+Build

  • OS NGD API – Features

  • OS NGD API – Tiles (not available for one feature type in the collection: Landform Point)

Using our data

  • Included in the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) – therefore, it's free at point of use for Public Sector organisations.

  • Available to OS Partners for commercial resell in your solutions.

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