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
Southern part of Turville Heath Wycombe Buckinghamshire Common near Turville Grange,2km W of Turville.
Common Land Craven North Yorkshire Along unclassified road on N edge of Starbotton, Wharfedale.
Milton Green Ribble Valley Lancashire Adjacent to B 6243 at Milton Green, 4.25 kms S.W. of Clitheroe.
Skipworth Common Selby North Yorkshire Partly wooded unit N, E and S of Skipwith, 5.25 km NE of Selby.
Nether Mire South Lakeland Cumbria Located 2 kms south of Kirkby-in-Furness.
A Green Lane from Deepdale Lane to Rookery Lane West Lindsey Lincolnshire Located on west edge of Nettleham, 4.75 kms N.E. of Lincoln.
Rosedale Moor Ryedale North Yorkshire Moorland located 4 km NW of Rosedale Abbey.
Play Area Blaby Leicestershire Common in two parts in centre of Blaby, SSW of Leicester.
Common Land Great Yarmouth Norfolk Located in Bradwell, on west outskirts of Great Yarmouth.
Land in parish of Eakring Newark and Sherwood Nottinghamshire Located north of minor road, 1.6 kms west of Eakring.

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