Common land and village greens | Oxfordshire County Council

Common land and village greens

Oxfordshire has about 1.8 square kilometres of registered village green and 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.

See the Open Access pages of the Natural England website for more information. Further information about what our role as Access Authority for areas of open access land is available on our open access land web page.

Our role as Commons Registration Authority.

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Protection of common land

A summary of the Acts of Parliament that help protect common land.

Fishing on Port Meadow Oxford

Protection of village greens

Village greens enjoy statutory protection under two nineteenth century Acts.

sheep and horses feeding on hay

Rectification applications

Rectification applications for Common Land and Village Green registrations

Town and village greens

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

Village duck pond

Commons Registration Authority

What we do to maintain the register of common land and village greens.

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