I'm trying to measure the overall distribution of parks in a certain part of the city. For this, I have already retrieved a layer that consists of the park-polygons, and created a layer of hexagons, covering the entire area. Through the vector toolbox I have also retrieved the centroid of each hexagon.

Now, I would like to measure the distance between each centroid to the nearest park-polygon. Ideally, the distance would automatically be added as a new column in the attribute table.

Is there a comprehensible way to do this in QGIS?

  • EDIT: I have already converted the hexagon-layer (polygons) to lines in a new layer.
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On the centroid layer, you can use the following expression with Field calculator to caclulate the distance from the centroids of the hexagon to the closest point of the nearest feature on the layer park:

length (
    make_line (
        centroid ($geometry), 
        closest_point (
            overlay_nearest (
            centroid ($geometry)

Centroids (red points) and line to the nearest park (red line, created with geometry generator and the expression highlighted in yellow). Hexagons are rendered in a graduated style with a white to blue color ramp, based on the expression above that calculates the length of the red lines: enter image description here

2km hexagon, representing the distance to the parks from Paris, taken form OpenStreetMap data (leisure=park). Light areas = short distance to the next park, dark colors = long distance to the nearest park: enter image description here

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