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
Land near St. John's Church, Great Easton. Uttlesford Essex Located in Great Easton, 3.75 kms N.W. of Great Dunmow.
Trelavour Square Restormel Cornwall Located along a minor road in centre of St. Dennis.
Backstone Edge Craven North Yorkshire Moorland located 2 km NE of Hebden, 3.5 km ENE of Grassington.
Purshall Green Wychavon Hereford/Worcester Common known as Purshull Green,1.5km E of Rushock
Sands, sandhills and grass areas above high water mark. North Devon Devon Located on north edge of Instow, 5 km NE of Bideford.
Land at Eton Wick Windsor and Maidenhead Berkshire Common at Eton,N of Thames,S of M4,on both sides of A355.
Land adjoining south side of Ongar Road, Abridge. Epping Forest Essex Roadside verge on A 113, NE of Abridge and 5 kms SSE of Epping.
Helstone Green North Cornwall Cornwall Located in Helstone, 2.5 km SW of Camelford.
Mont Slough Green Babergh Suffolk Verge located on minor road, on east edge of Great Green.
O.S. Field No. 28 East Lindsey Lincolnshire Located along the A 1031, south of Saltfleet.

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