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
Cold Moor Hambleton North Yorkshire Moorland located 2.5 km south of Great Broughton.
Church Green Reigate and Banstead Surrey Unit in two parts, located in Hooley 4.3 kms S.E. of Banstead.
Alpine Wharf South Herefordshire Hereford/Worcester Located on River Wye,near Symonds Yat,1.5km SE of Gt. Doward
Part of Broxhead Common East Hampshire Hampshire Located on S boundary of Broxhead Common, N of Bordon Camp.
Rush Green North Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Located 1.5 kms west of Buckland, 5 kms N.W. of Buntingford.
Land in Holbrook Lane Waverley Surrey Located to the west of Shamley Green, 5 kms east of Godalming.
The Gravel Pit Basingstoke and Deane Hampshire Lies along B 3046 between Preston Candover and Chilton Candover
Askham Fell Eden Cumbria Located to the S.W. of Askham, and 6 kms S.S.W. of Penrith.
Craggbeck Quarry, Bowes. Teesdale Durham Located 2 kms north of Bowes.
Woodland Hanger Chichester West Sussex 0.4km W of Kingsley Green,on both sides of minor road.

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