Town and village greens information | Oxfordshire County Council

Town and village greens information

How to find out who owns common land, town and village greens, and what your rights are.

Village duck pond

Oxfordshire has approximately 1,400 square kilometres of registered Village Green and 9,200 square kilometres of registered common land. 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.

Town and village greens

Town and village greens have a similar history to common land. However, they are defined separately for the purposes of the Commons Registration Act, 1965.

Village greens are usually areas of land within defined settlements over which local inhabitants can indulge in lawful sports and pastimes. These might include organised or ad-hoc games, picnics, fetes and other similar activities. Whilst land forming town or village greens may be privately owned, many greens are owned and maintained by local parish or community councils. Some greens may also have rights of common (i.e. grazing of livestock) over them.

Further information

For more information about common land and village greens in Oxfordshire please email commonland@oxfordshire.gov.uk or contact the Countryside Service.

Last reviewed
29 March 2017
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