June 15, 2021

Five ways the British landscape changed in 10 years

Britain is more built-on than ever, with 44.8 million buildings in total at the end of the decade, up from 40.6 million in 2010.

But this total accounts for just 1.4% of British land, compared with 40% covered by woodland, the natural environment, rivers and lakes, and a further 45% by agricultural land.

The data comes from the largest land survey of its type by the Ordnance Survey (OS), which does not cover Northern Ireland.

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We’ve pulled together some before-and-after pictures showing some of the significant shifts over the last decade, as recognised by OS surveyors.


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