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
Village Pits Cotswold Gloucestershire On minor road on E edge of Condicote, 4.5 km NW of Stow on Wold
Ashtead Common Mole Valley Surrey Partly wooded area, located 2 kms north of Leatherhead.
Roadside land near Ingst Hill Northavon Avon Located along minor road SW of Ingst, 6.25 km SW of Thornbury.
The Village Greens Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on main road,in centre of North Marston.
Millhams Christchurch Dorset Located adjacent to River Avon and A 35 in Christchurch.
Village Cross Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Located in Childswickham,2.5km NW of Broadway
Little Tarrington Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to railway at Little Tarrington to NE of Tarrington
Golant Downs Restormel Cornwall Adjacent to River Fowey south of Golant, 2 km north of Fowey.
Thearne Common East Yorkshire Borough of Beverley Humberside Located in Thearne, 4.75 kms S.E. of Beverley.
Trimpley Green Wyre Forest Hereford/Worcester Common follows minor road at Trimpley,3km NW of Kidderminster

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