This symbol appears on a forest in an OS 1:50,000 Landranger map at SO 24799 27221. It doesn't appear in the map legend. It does not appear at the same point on the equivalent 1:25,000 Explorer map. What does it mean?

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The mauve symbol is new, and represents "Natural Resources Wales".

This appears to be Open Access Land. It indicates the type of land bounded by a mauve outline (a fragment can be seen in your image).

It can be found on this Ordnance Survey symbols PDF.

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  • Whilst I don't doubt you, do you have a source for what the symbol means? It might possibly appear on a paper map legend (I don't have one to hand) but would expect it to at least appear on the OS website.
    – Darren
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 13:37
  • Although I've just noticed the similarity to the NRW logo so there's that. I wonder why it isn't on the Explorer map though.
    – Darren
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 13:38
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    I have added a link to where I found it (on their website). I can't explain why it isn't on the map legend, apart from being a new symbol. Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 13:39
  • Now I know where to look, it (ahem) actually is on the legend I was looking at, but it's quite small in my defence. Thanks.
    – Darren
    Commented Jul 9, 2019 at 13:46

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