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. For details about social housing visit

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
Shelley Green Epping Forest Essex Located along Crispey Brook, 1 km north of Chipping Ongar.
Site of Schorne Well Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on SE side of North Marston.
Cows Hill Wood Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Wood on Madgett Hill, 2.25 km ENE of Tintern, NNE of Chepstow.
Grove Green Three Rivers Hertfordshire Located north of Northwood, 4 kms S.E. of Rickmansworth.
Timor Pond Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common on E side of Loosley Row.
Parkhead Ford Eden Cumbria Located on Raven Beck, 3.1 kms E.N.E. of Kirkoswald.
Parts of Watch Croft, Nine Maidens, Ding Dong (and other land) Penwith Cornwall Downland located 2.5 km SW of Zennor, 9 km SW of St. Ives.
Poors Close Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Located on Hoe Hill between Cropwell Butler and Cropwell Bishop
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Along minor road NE of Glasshouses, 2 km SE of Pateley Bridge.
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Located 0.75 km NE of Sherriff Hutton, 13 km SW of Malton.

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