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
Hare Hill Edge Bradford West Yorkshire Located on south edge of Keighley Moor, 2.5 kms NW of Howarth.
Land adjoining Holcombe Lane, Yew Tree Mount and Holcombe Farm Stroud Gloucestershire Along minor road near Upper Holcombe Farm, 2.25 km NW Painswick
The Sheep Wash Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire Along minor road on SW edge of Wysall, 10 km NE of Loughborough
Roadside Waste in Goatsfoot Lane, Navestock. Brentwood Essex Located south of Watton's Green, 6.5 kms west of Brentwood.
The Green, Kerswell Green. Malvern Hills Hereford/Worcester Located 3km SSE of Kempsey at Kerswell Green
The Pond Winchester Hampshire Located along a minor road between Soberton and Soberton Heath.
Land SW of Biddles Hill adjoining wood known as Windmill Naps. Stratford on Avon Warwickshire Located along minor road 2.5 kms NW of Tamworth in Arden.
Hightown Common New Forest Hampshire Located in Hightown on the SE outskirts of Ringwood.
The Free Landing Place Stroud Gloucestershire Adjacent to Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, at Church End.
Common Land North Norfolk Norfolk Partly wooded unit 1.25 km N of Honing, ESE of North Walsham.

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