• How can I protect the land?
  • If you can prove that local people have used the land without secrecy, force or permission for at least 20 years for lawful sports and pastimes, you can apply to register the land as new green. This will protect it from development for ever and preserve it for use by local people.

  • Who is my registration authority?
  • In England, all unitary authorities and county councils are registration authorities. In Wales, all county/borough councils are registration authorities.

  • How long does the process take?
  • Unfortunately, there is no limit to how long the process can take.

  • How much evidence do I need to give?
  • As much as possible, but quality is more important than quantity.

    Herbrand Beach Walk, Cooden, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex registered as a village green 2011

  • What sort of map is required and where can I obtain one?
  • The accompanying map must be at least at a scale of 1:2500 and show the land by distinctive colouring so it can be clearly identified.
    OS partners (map shops) charge their own rate for maps.
    Some registration authorities accept Land Registry title maps which can be downloaded as an A4 sheet.
    Local map shops may have maps at the right scale that are out of copyright and therefore available more cheaply.

    Copying under the principles of Fair Dealing
    You can make copies of Ordnance Survey mapping in accordance with the principles of fair dealing as set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This entitles you to make copies of OS mapping for the purpose of criticism, review, news reporting and research for a non-commercial purpose. If you make a copy for any of these purposes you must, where possible, provide an acknowledgement in the following form:
    Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown Copyright. All rights reserved.

Further resources about town and village greens

  • Village green training course

    Our training course provides an introduction to village greens and why they are important, including relevant legislation...

  • A charter for England's open spaces

    Read our August 2020 charter for the promotion and protection of open spaces so that everyone in England can benefit.

  • Protecting village greens

    Law guiding the protection of Village Greens

  • Getting Greens Registered

    We published a revised third edition of our book Getting Greens Registered in response to the major changes in legislation

  • Landowner statements: the threat to village greens (England)

    Now you must apply to register land as a green within one year of a landowner’s challenge to your use of the land for informal recreation.

  • Registration

    A quick guide to the registration process.

  • How to register a town or village green

    A walk-through of the process to register land as a town or village green in England or Wales. 

  • Voluntary registration/dedication of land as a town or village green

    Dedicate land voluntarily as a town or village green by applying to have it included in the register of town or village greens. 

  • Management and protection of town and village greens

    DEFRA have compiled some answers to FAQ that cover the management and protection of greens once they are registered.

  • Beating the bounds of your green or common

    Parish and community councils and other local groups may like to beat the bounds of their local common or village green on Rogation Sunday.


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