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
Hartlebury Common Wychavon & Wyre For Hereford/Worcester Large common on SE edge of Stourport-on-Severn
Wyson Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Located 1km SW of Wyson,1.5km E of Orleton
Pike End Calderdale West Yorkshire Area of moor south of Pike End, 2.5 kms S.W. of Ripponden.
Wadd Lane Sand Pit Suffolk Coastal Suffolk Located in Gramford, 8 kms W.N.W. of Aldeburgh.
Part of Brill Common Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common on SW edge of Brill.
Land in Stubbins Lane, Sabden. Ribble Valley Lancashire Located in Sabden, 8 kms N.W. of Burnley.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located along Fuss Gill, Calton, 0.5 km NE of Airton.
Quenington Green Cotswold Gloucestershire Located in Quenington, 3.5 km NNW of Fairford.
Land near Hollister Farm Guildford Surrey Small wooded area, located near Shere, 10 kms west of Dorking.
Dinedor Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located on Dinedor Hill,2km S of Lower Bullingham

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