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
Wilton Brail Kennet Wiltshire Deciduous woodland located 0.75 km NE of Wilton, ENE of Burbage
Watering Place at Red Dial Bridge. Allerdale Cumbria Located adjacent to the A 595, 1.75 kms south of Wigton.
Felbridge Green Tandridge Surrey Roadside verge, located in Felbridge, N.W. of East Grindstead.
The Severn Ham Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Meadow adjacent to River Severn on west edge of Tewkesbury.
The Pond and Common Pit South Holland Lincolnshire Located on A 17(T) on the S.E. edge of Long Sutton.
Okehampton Common West Devon Devon Extensive area of moorland on Dartmoor, 3 km S of Okehampton.
Cow Gill Water Hole Eden Cumbria Located adjacent to River Caldew, 1.75 kms S.S.W. of Sebergham.
Smithwood Green Babergh Suffolk Located at Smithwood Green, 3.3 kms N.N.W. of Lavenham.
Crowborough Beacon Golf Course Wealden East Sussex Located on the southern outskirts of Crowborough.
Townsend Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Along minor road in Ruardean, 6.8 km SE of Ross on Wye.

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