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
Parkhead Quarry Eden Cumbria Small area of woodland, located 3 kms E.N.E. of Kirkoswald.
Coombe Green Brentwood Essex Area of woodland, located at Great Warley, S.W. of Brentwood.
Coldham's Common Cambridge Cambridgeshire On east outskirts of Cambridge, west of Cambridge Airport.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Along minor road 1.25 km east of Catfield, 4 km SE of Stalham.
Sparrow Common Bromley LB Greater London Small area of deciduous woodland, located west of Orpington.
Ailsworth Heath Peterborough Cambridgeshire Part of Ailsworth Heath, located 3 kms north of Ailsworth.
Land at Odiham Common Hart Hampshire Woodland located 2.5 kms NNE of Odiham, west of Fleet.
Land in Parish of Buckland, (four parts). East Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located in Buckland and Chipping, 2.5 kms north of Buntingford.
Whipsnade Heath South Bedfordshire Bedfordshire Partly wooded area, located 3.5 kms south of Dunstable.
Land bordering Stowell Hill Northavon Avon Located S of the M5 in Tytherington, 3.25 km SE of Thornbury.

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