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
Four small additional pieces of The Forest of Dartmoor. West Devon Devon Fragmented unit lying within 1 km radius of Postbridge.
The Green Blaby Leicestershire Sited along minor road on north edge of Blaby, SSW of Leicester
High Beckside Garden Eden Cumbria Located 0.6 kms S.S.E. of Mungrisdale.
Part of Ideford Common Teignbridge Devon Located south of A 380, SE of Waddon, 7 km NW of Teignmouth.
Milton Green Ribble Valley Lancashire Adjacent to B 6243 at Milton Green, 4.25 kms S.W. of Clitheroe.
Wesley Mount, Ryton. Gateshead Tyne and Wear Located in Crawcrook, 1 km S.W. of Ryton.
Elmstone Hardwicke Lane/Stoke Orchard-Tredington Rd. junction. Tewkesbury Gloucestershire Minor road junction in Stoke Orchard, 6.5 km NW of Cheltenham.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Located along Fuss Gill, Calton, 0.5 km NE of Airton.
Land SW of Biddles Hill adjoining wood known as Windmill Naps. Stratford on Avon Warwickshire Located along minor road 2.5 kms NW of Tamworth in Arden.
Land adjacent to public highway opposite Police Station Green Babergh Suffolk Adjacent to the bridge over Chad Brook on A 134, Long Melford.

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