Common land

This is land which is owned either collectively or by one person, but over which other people have access.

The community traditionally has certain rights over common land, for example allowing them to graze livestock (animals) on it, to collect firewood, or to cut turf for fuel, but these rights are rarely exercised today. Examples of common land can include spaces such village greens, parks or commons.

For a useful introduction to issues with Common Land go to: