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
Malvern Link Common Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located in N section of Great Malvern
Common Land Breckland Norfolk Adjacent to River Nar on west edge of Newton, E of Castle Acre.
Leinthall Common Leominster Hereford/Worcester Adjacent to Croft Ambrey Fort,0.75km S of Leinthall Earls
Common Land Ryedale North Yorkshire Located east of Ebberston, 14.5 km SW of Scarborough.
Bleach Green Mid Suffolk Suffolk Located at Bleach Green, 0.5 km N.E. of Wingfield.
Town Wood Mid Sussex West Sussex Common on northern edge of Haywards Heath.
Land to the north of Winterfold Heath Waverley / Guildford Surrey Area of woodland, located 4 kms north of Cranleigh.
Ireshope Moor Wear Valley Durham Remote area of moorland located 2.0 km S.W. of Ireshopeburn.
Nether Meadow Charnwood Leicestershire Adjacent to River Soar on the NE outskirts of Loughborough.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Land and pond located on SE edge of Docking.

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