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 in Borough of Southwark Southwark LB Greater London Roadside verge, located between Herne Hill and Dulwich Village.
Farley Green Guildford Surrey Located in Farley Green, 11.5 kms W.S.W. of Dorking.
Ganders Green Forest of Dean Gloucestershire Along minor road at Ganders Green, 4.5 km NE of Mitcheldean.
Land to SW of Cross Moor Drove. Sedgemoor Somerset Located south of Cheddar Yeo, between Axbridge and Lower Weare.
'Paradise', Ravenstonedale. Eden Cumbria Located 1 km S.E. of Ravenstonedale.
The Sandholes, Moorpool, Moorside Lane and Pond Lane. Amber Valley Derbyshire Located along minor roads in Holbrook, 2.5 kms SE of Belper.
Land opposite Mud Dale Lane, Freehay. Staffordshire Moorlands Staffordshire Located along a minor road, 2.25 kms SE of Cheadle.
Common Land Kings Lynn & W.Norf Norfolk Woodland 1.75km SE of Blackborough End, 8.5km SE of King's Lynn
Grove Green Three Rivers Hertfordshire On a minor road north of Northwood, 4 kms S.E. of Rickmansworth
Part of Littleheath Common Elmbridge Surrey Located between Cobham and Oxshott, 4.5 kms south of Esher.

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