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
Land off London Road, Markfield. Hinckley and Bosworth Leicestershire Located along minor road 1 km SE of Markfield.
The Maypole Field South Shrops Shropshire Land to north of Ashford Carbonel.
Triangular Common North Dorset Dorset Located near Well Bottom, 2.75 km SW of Tollard Royal.
Land north of Cobblers Hill Farm Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common to immediate W of Cockshoots Wood.
Otterbourne Hill Common Winchester Hampshire Located at Otterbourne Hill on north outskirts of Eastleigh.
Little Heath Dacorum Hertfordshire Area of woodland located at Little Heath, south of Potten End.
The Pound Cherwell Oxfordshire Located in Kirtlington, 13.5 kms north of Oxford.
Land in Bath Road, Hillingdon. Hillingdon LB Greater London Located adjacent to the B 3378, between Poyle and Harmondsworth
Roadside Waste West Dorset Dorset Located on Ridgeway Hill, 4.5 km SW of Dorchester.
Slack Heads Water Hole Carlisle Cumbria Located near Newtown, 4.4 kms N.W. of Brampton.

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