Town or village green registrations

The Open Spaces Society has been defending open spaces in England and Wales since 1865.

A history of successful town or village green registrations

Chadderton Field, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, registered 2011
Chadderton Field, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, registered 2011

I’m delighted to report that our 2-year battle to save our field has been successful. The whole field is safe from development and the only part of it that could be built on is now registered village green ....... without the help and support of you all at the society we would not have come to understand the law or process sufficiently to achieve this outcome.

2020

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Freeman's Wood, Lancaster.
  • Whimbrel Village Green, Kent. (voluntary registration)

2019

We have helped our members to register the following green:

  • Kingsmead Field, Canterbury, Kent. (voluntary registration)

2018

We have helped our members to register the following green:

  • Sutton Village Green, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

2017

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Claverham Village Green, North Somerset
  • Colston’s Field, Bristol
  • Herston Fields, Swanage, Dorset
  • Widmer Fields, Buckinghamshire – voluntary registration

2016

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Oval Field, Selsey, West Sussex
  • Woughton Park, Old Woughton, Milton Keynes
  • Passmore Village Green, Old Woughton, Milton Keynes

2015

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Castle Acre Green, Norton, Swansea
  • Glebe Field, Goudhurst, Kent
  • Humpty Hill, Faringdon, Oxon
  • Moorside Fields, Lancaster
  • Oval Green, Lockerley, Hampshire
  • The Leaze, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire
  • The Old Putting Green, Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent (Thanet District Council, voluntary registration)

2014

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe, Kent
  • Harwich Green, Essex
  • Patchyn Plant, Maes-y-Deri, Talybont, Ceredigion
  • The Field adjacent to Ursuline Drive, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
  • The Green, Dunval Road, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
  • The Greens, Penn & Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire

2013

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Benslow Field, Hitchin, Herts
  • Birds Marsh, Chippenham, Wiltshire
  • Coombe Wood, Thundersley, Essex
  • Court Lodge Green, Lyminge, Kent
  • Four Acres Green, East Malling, Kent
  • Fusilier Field, Longbenton, North Tyneside
  • Highfield Road, Castle Park, Whitby
  • Land at Loughton, Milton Keynes
  • Memorial Playing Fields, Steyning, West Sussex
  • Land at Myton Lane, Warwick, Warks
  • Prince Consort Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
  • Tannen Land, Strete, Devon
  • The Field behind Purlewent Drive, Weston, Bath
  • Willow Road Green, Larkfield, Kent
  • Woburn Road, Launceston, Cornwall

2012

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Brighton Road Open Space, Holland on Sea, Clacton on Sea, Essex
  • Church Bridge Field, Dorrington, Shropshire
  • Clayton Fields, Huddersfield
  • Grove Wood, Bristol
  • Oundle Road, Weldon, Northamptonshire
  • The Green, Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire
  • Waterside at St Albans, Hertfordshire
  • Yeadon Banks, Leeds

2011

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Austin Rise, Lickey Hills, Worcestershire
  • Chadderton Field, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Herbrand Walk Beach, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
  • King’s Stairs Gardens, London Borough of Southwark
  • Land at Flashes Lane, Ness, Cheshire West & Chester
  • Lower Park, Palk Close, Shaldon, Devon
  • Littletown Green, Honiton, Devon
  • Sugary Green, Dartmouth, Devon
  • The Dell, Fetcham, Surrey
  • The Kayles, Wraysbury, Windsor & Maidenhead
  • The Old School Field, Haltwistle, Northumberland
  • Westbrook Promenade, Margate, Kent
  • Whitchurch Green, Bristol

2010

We have helped our members to register the following greens:

  • Barra Close, Highworth, Swindon
  • Camping Close, Linton, Cambridgeshire
  • Coatham Common, Redcar, Redcar & Cleveland
  • Conistone Village, Grassington, Yorkshire
  • Days Green, Capel St Mary, Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Land at Shaftesbury Avenue, Blackburn with Darwen
  • Oak Tree Meadow, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
  • Sherwood Lake, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Sturgess Fields, Kedleston Road, Derby
  • The Back Green, Sunnybank, Warlingham, Surrey
  • The Green, Hadley, Telford
  • Warneford Meadow, Oxford
  • Wishing Fields, Brixham, Torbay
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Further resources about town and village greens

  • An introduction to town and village greens

    What is a town or village green? How do we protect them?

  • Protecting village greens

    Law guiding the protection of Village Greens.

  • Vehicular access across Common Land and Town or Village Greens

    This provides guidance about vehicular access across common land and town or village greens following the repeal of section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

  • Guidance on making a successful green application

    These guidance notes have kindly been prepared by The Friends of Coombe Wood, who successfully registered a green in 2013.

  • Public inquiry guidance

    Our Vice-president, Edgar Powell, has prepared guidance on preparing for and attending a public inquiry.

  • By-laws for village greens, commons and open spaces

    By-laws are rules made by a local authority or certain other public bodies under an enabling Act of Parliament, for the regulation, administration or management of a specific area.

  • Registration

    A quick guide to registration.

  • 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.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Village & Town Greens

    Frequently asked questions about village and town greens.

  • 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.

  • Village green training course

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

  • Prosecuting an offence on a village green

    If you wish to prosecute someone for a criminal offence on a town or village green...

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