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
Common Land Richmondshire North Yorkshire Land and verges in Stalling Busk, 4.5 km SSW of Bainbridge.
Great Common and Holden's Common Waveney Suffolk Roadside verges located south of Ilketshall St. Andrew.
Wyson Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Located 1km SW of Wyson,1.5km E of Orleton
Common Land Great Yarmouth Norfolk Unit in 3 parts along minor road in Stokesby, 3 km east of Acle
Stone Pits Cherwell Oxfordshire A unit in two parts, located E.S.E. of Woodstock.
Little Hardingshute, (part of OS parcel no. 299). South Wight Isle of Wight Roadside verge on minor road, located 1.75 kms N.W. of Brading.
Land at junction of Sandpit Road and Brighton Road, Reigate. Reigate and Banstead Surrey Located on the southern edge of Redhill.
Land in Slad Stroud Gloucestershire Located along B 4070 in Slad, 3 km NE of Stroud.
Coldstone Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located 1km N of Kingstone
Townsend Pool Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Located in Fladbury,1.5km N of Cropthorne

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