About common land and village greens | Oxfordshire County Council

About common land and village greens

Overview of access to common land and village greens in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire has approximately 1.8 square kilometres of registered Village Green and approximately 9 square kilometres of registered common land. 

Common land is usually in private ownership, with rights of common over it. Members of the public now have a right of access on foot to nearly all Registered Common Land areas under rights bestowed through the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. This access on foot is in addition to any public rights of way across the common, or any other existing rights. However, there are still some commons which are excluded from the new rights of access, including those in private gardens.

More details about these access rights are on the Open Access pages of the Natural England website. Further information about what our role as Access Authority for areas of open access land is available on our open access land web page.

As Commons Registration Authority, we do not own or manage registered land, but keep the common land and village green registers and maps. We also process any new application to register land. Please note that the information and services offered here apply only to land in the county of Oxfordshire.

Last reviewed
10 June 2013
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