We have free access to Environment DigiMap for a year. When you go into DigiMap you will find that Environment is now an active option on the menu along with Ordnance Survey. However, you will need to register for the Environment service even if you have already registered for the Ordnance Survey so expect to be taken to a registration form the first time you try to use it. It can take up to 2 days for your registration to become active.
Environment DigiMap contains land use datasets from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for the years 1990, 2000 and 2007. Land is classified into types such as sea and inland waters, bare, suburban and urban areas, arable farmland, pastures and meadows, rough grass, grass heaths and moors, bracken, dwarf shrub heaths and moorland, scrub, deciduous and evergreen woodland and upland and lowland bogs.
The information in these datasets has been used for various purposes such as considering the environmental impact of new development, planning telecommunication lines and detecting changing land cover. The help pages in the database give more information about the data.