Common land in Herefordshire

Common land is land, usually in private ownership, over which certain people have certain rights and on which certain restrictions have been placed. The main features of common land are that it is generally open, unfenced and unimproved grassland and located mainly in the upland areas of England and Wales.

View guidance on common land access and usage

View a list of all common land and village greens in Herefordshire

Ownership of common land and village greens

There are approximately 600,000 hectares of common land in England and Wales and approximately 5,000 hectares in Herefordshire, broken down as follows:

Ownership Number registered Hectares
Total registered commons 198 2023
Herefordshire County Council owned commons 12 301
Section 45 commons 60 168
Part section 45/part owned commons 13 101
1899 Commons Act  31 332
Privately owned commons 113  
Village greens 42  
Herefordshire County Council owned village greens 7  

Check ownership of common land

You can also check the database of registered common land in England (external xls document) or view the register of common land at Herefordshire Council Offices, Plough Lane.

The register is available for public inspection on Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) between the hours of 10am and 4pm by prior appointment with the commons registration section.

We can also provide certified copies of the written register and definitive map for a reasonable charge. For further information contact: