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
Swarth Moor Craven North Yorkshire Moorland 0.75 km SW of Helwith Bridge, 5.25 km NW of Settle.
Grove Green Three Rivers Hertfordshire On a minor road north of Northwood, 4 kms S.E. of Rickmansworth
Nicholas Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Common located just N of Winforton
Wilmington Common Dartford Kent Located in Wilmington, to the south of Dartford.
Roadside Waste, Aspenden Road, Buntingford. East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located adjacent to River Rib, between Buntingford and Aspenden
The Borough South Somerset Somerset Located along A 3088 in Montacute, 4.25 km SE of Martock.
Giggs Hill Green Elmbridge Surrey Located at Giggs Hill, near Thames Ditton.
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Located at Harper's Green, 1.25 km north of Brisley.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Unit in 2 parts south of Little Thornage, 2.5 km SW of Holt.
Triangle of Green opposite Shirland Church. North East Derbyshire Derbyshire Located at junction of A 61 and a minor road in Shirland.

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