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
Broad Oak Common South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located in centre of Broad Oak
The Green, Little Burstead. Basildon Essex In several parts, located in Little Burstead, near Billericay.
Whitcliffe Common South Shrops Shropshire Located on south side of river, to SW of Ludlow.
Manorial Waste Chichester West Sussex Common on both sides of road,in S of Linchmere.
Common Land Harrogate North Yorkshire Located west of Roecliffe, 2.25 kms WSW of Boroughbridge.
Gillcambon Quarry Eden Cumbria Wooded area located 0.6 kms N.E. of Haltcliff Bridge.
Common Pit South Holland Lincolnshire Located in Tydd St. Mary, 9 kms north of Wisbech.
Heslington Common Selby North Yorkshire Located SE of Heslington, 4.25 km SE of York.
Marshalls Heath St. Albans Hertfordshire Partly wooded area, located 1.5 kms W.N.W. of Wheathampstead.
Part of Hainault Forest, known as Lambourne Common. Epping Forest Essex Located east of Chigwell Row.

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