Around 3% of the land area of England is recognised as common land. On this website you will find a maintained and searchable database of registered parcels of common land in England.

Search by village or parish name, or find all common land in a specific county. You can also list types of common land, as well as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Common Land In England

The website contains land records for nearly all parcels of registered common land in England, with additional data including location, area, extent of rights etc. The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land

The data powering the database is sourced from the government's DEFRA website. For information about UK Government property and land visit government buildings.

Village Greens

Town and village greens originate in customary law, where long-standing recreational use of land by the local inhabitants came to be recognised and protected by the courts. Greens are areas of land where local people have for many years indulged in lawful sports and pastimes, which might include organised or informal games, picnics, fetes, dog walking and similar activities. A green can be in private ownership but many greens are owned or maintained by town and parish councils.

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Examples of Common Land

Name District County Description
The Green Blaby Leicestershire Sited along minor road on north edge of Blaby, SSW of Leicester
Barrowmouth Wood Copeland Cumbria Steep slope rising above Saltom Bay, S.W. of Whitehaven.
The Parks Southampton Hampshire Parkland located in the centre of Southampton.
Main Dale Kerrier Cornwall Located at Main Dale, lying between St. Keverne and Coverack.
Tregoss Moors Restormel Cornwall Located east of Tregoss, 6.5 km SE of St. Columb Major.
Woodeaton Village Green South Oxfordshire Oxfordshire Located in the centre of Woodeaton, 5 kms N.E. of Oxford.
Pond and Waste Ground. West Devon Devon Located in Throwleigh, 9 km SE of Okehampton.
Black Hill and Haytor Down. Teignbridge Devon Moorland located on east Dartmoor, 4.5 km WNW of Bovey Tracey.
Smithmoor Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located 2.5km NE of Upton upon Severn
Land at Rease Heath Crewe and Nantwich Cheshire Located at Rease Heath, 2.5 kms N.N.W. of Nantwich.

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