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Why we love it

A map that focuses on the environment by removing roads, buildings and cities, will immediately draw the attention of any map enthusiast. With over 260 million points, it’s certainly a map that carries a lot of data and reveals fascinating patterns. Displaying the National Tree Map data from BlueSky International, this series of maps reveals what local authorities look like by only showing tree locations.

Why it works

Sometimes less is more on a map. Showing only the tree locations creates a fascinating pattern and cartography style that doesn’t need much more. With an additional topography layer (on the BBC version), this makes it easier for the user to navigate round the map. The map’s beauty lies in its simplicity (and the lovely shade of green, of course).

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