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
The Green Maidstone Kent Located in the centre of Yalding, 8 kms S.W. of Maidstone.
Deep Arse Moss Bradford West Yorkshire Small area of remote moorland, 2.25 kms SSE of Oxenhope.
Stuston Common Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located north of Stuston, adjacent to the River Waveney.
Land to NE of Dunkery Hill, Wootton Courtenay. West Somerset Somerset Moorland located SW of Wooton Courtney, 5.5 km SE of Porlock.
Boys Wood Wimborne Dorset Deciduous woodland S of Sutton Holms, 2.5 km WNW of Verwood.
Brill Common Aylesbury Vale Buckinghamshire Common in several parts,in immediate W of Brill.
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Located in Potthorpe, 0.75 km NW of Brisley.
Crownhill Down and Headon Down. South Hams Devon Located north of Drakeland Corner, 6 km NW of Ivybridge.
Land adjoining Grayswood Church. Waverley Surrey Roadside verge located in Grayswood, to the N.E. of Haslemere.
Heyshott Common and Challens Copse Chichester West Sussex Partly wooded area, north of Heyshott and S.E. of Midhurst.

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