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A wooded green lane in the countryside to the south of Berkhamsted.

Today, this green is a wood.

Whipsnade Green is a large open grassy area in the centre of the village.

Once more open, you can explore the 40 acres of woodland on this common on a network of footpaths and bridleways.
This common covers an area of woodland to the east of South Heath.  It is notable for the medieval earthworks contained within it which are a scheduled ancient monument.

Penman’s Green - a narrow stretch of wooded area covering approximately 9 acres.

Pond at Commonwood - a small area of land with a small pond.

Common Wood - an attractive 26 acre wood crossed by well-trodden paths.

Dawes Common - an attractive 12 acre wood crossed by well-trodden paths.

This is just a scrap of land.  There is more common land in Winchmore Hill.

A heavily wooded small common, but with poor access.

Open maintained grassy area supporting a pleasant village atmosphere.
This is an ancient public pond, relating to the fact that water is a common resource essential to people and their livestock alike.
A popular area of green space in the centre of the village.
This steep common has been wooded for centuries.
Nestled in the escarpment by the side of the road on Chinnor Hill.
The allotments in Stokenchurch are common land.

This small common is another owned by the West Wycombe Estate.

One of the West Wycombe Estate's commons, Newmer common is tucked away.

This little woodland in Forty Green is a common.
This village pond is common land.
As the name suggests, there's a village green at Bovingdon Green.
This tucked away little common is now a children's play area.

A small patch of land at the meeting of the ways.

A small pond located next to a public footpath.

Perched up in the Hambleden Valley, a popular footpath winds through this wooded common.

This little green along the B481 between Nettlebed and Watlington is a registered common.
Though small, Little Common is larger than many commons in the Chilterns!
Rich in history from an Iron Age fort to WWII trenches. White-letter hairstreak butterflies and heath grass are among the rare species found here.
Their names give these places away!
A common without a name
This common is ancient woodland.

Tucked away by a dead end lane, this common is a wonderful wildflower meadow each summer.

A narrow common along the lane.

A varied common with open grassy areas, ancient quarries and woodland.

Not many people realise that the recreation ground in North Stoke is registered common land.
Acidic soils make this common botanically rich. See the carpets of heath spotted and southern marsh orchids in June or search for purple emperor butterflies.

This large triangular-shaped green is an old common which was an important stop on the way to London's markets. 

A wonderful recreation area in the heart of Chesham

The Common consists of a number of road verges.

Greenmoor Ponds are all that is now left of a much larger common.  The ancient ponds were an important water supply for villagers and are now home to rare species including three different types of newt.
Enjoy the view along the Wye Valley into High Wycombe from the top of the hill.

The Common is 59 acres of open space and woodland.

Part of the largest continuous area of common land in the Chilterns, come and fly a kite, have a picnic or explore the woods and open grassland here. Features include many ancient veteran trees, a golf course and some WWI troop training trenches.

Ancient beech trees mark the boundary of this old heath which is now a bluebell wood each spring.

Seek out the wildlife in the quiet corners of woodland, heath and chalk meadow on this common which is also popular with walkers, horse-riders, golfers and cricketers.
Fly a kite, throw a frisbee or picnic on this large, grassy open common high in the Chilterns.

The Common consists of a number of road verges.

Explore the medieval castle earthworks and hunt for orchids and butterflies in the rich chalk grassland now covering this common's historic mine workings.

A mix of grassland, ponds, scrub and woodland provides excellent conditions for a wide range of wildlife on this common which is bisected by a grand lime avenue.

Oughtonhead Common – is an attractive local nature reserve with a wide variety of wildlife habitats covering approximately 43 acres.

This common is now a golf course.
There are centuries of history in the ancient beech trees on this common.

Lilley Hoo Common - approximately 185 acres consisting of woodland and farmland

 

 

Once the site of public executions, rare species of butterflies and flowers can be found on this common.

See the old clay quarries in the woodland which are evidence of the local brick making industry.  The common is also home to the village cricket pitch and golf course.

Perched on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, Dunstable Downs is the highest point in the East of England with fantastic views, walks and a visitor centre.

Much of the common is wooded (mainly oak, beech, birch and sycamore), but with a few pockets of open grassland. The common is very popular for recreation and is crossed by a number of footpaths and a permissive bridleway.
Common land consisting mainly of woodland and scrub, but with some open areas and ponds.
Wheeler End Common is a large open area with scrub and woodland to the south. Scattered groups of historic buildings surround the open common.
One of the smaller Chilterns commons in the hamlet of Southend. Over two-thirds of the common is comprised of broad-leaf woodland, the rest is open grassland.

The pretty pond is at the centre of Northend Common.

Small area of wooded common between Turville Heath and Southend common.
This wooded common is carpeted with bluebells each spring.

Today, Little Hampden Common is 44 acres of woodland.

A long thin area of common land, half of it open grassland, flanked by large swathes of woodland to the south. Lots of footpaths through the Common.
High in the Chilterns, a millennium standing stone shows that this common is still at the heart of its community.
Once grazed by sheep, you might spot deer here in the scrub and woodland.
This common is now used as the village allotments.

Two small ponds with a large tree between them.

This wooded common is a haven for wildlife.
This former public chalk quarry is now grassland with excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
Ancient hollow ways, pits and banks are evidence of thousands of years of human activity on this common.
Rough grass commons and open spaces extending through and round Lane End Parish. They are criss-crossed by a network of footpaths allowing for easy access.
Cows still graze on Cow Common and there are great views of Swyncombe Downs from here.

Cow Common (Sewell) – An open farmed area of approximately 38 acres.

There are excellent views of Aldbury Nowers and Pitstone Hill from this small common which is part of the Ashridge Estate.
These woods and open grassy spaces are great for walking and spotting butterflies such as the skipper, fritillary and hairstreak. Also look out for lizards basking in the sun.
Glades of heather and former clay workings can be found amoung the oak and birch woodland.
Follow the network of paths and tracks to explore the areas of heathland among this young woodland. Look out for evidence of a WWII POW camp.
Paths through woodland take you to great views from Ivinghoe Beacon nearby.
Woods and grassy slopes steeped in history cover Downley common.  Though not in the middle of the village, this common is very much at the heart of community life.
There doesn't appear to be any public access to this small common.
Explore over 155 acres of woodland near High Wycombe, with open glades, ancient trees and ponds with rare plants.
See if you can find this ‘hidden gem’ in the centre of the village, along with the elusive starfruit which lives in its pond.
Pits and hollows, many now ponds, reflect the former clay extraction on this common used in a once thriving local brick industry.
Listen to skylarks singing high above the orchid-rich grassland where women and children used to plait straw into braids for making hats.
Discover the Bronze Age burial mounds, ponds and ancient sweet chestnuts in over 100 acres of woodland.
Enjoy magnificent views across the Vale of Aylesbury from the top of this common which is home to many rare chalk grassland and woodland species.

A wooded green lane in the countryside to the south of Berkhamsted.

An area of woodland south of Potten End.

A small woodland located on the western outskirts of Hemel Hempstead.

Open maintained grassy area supporting a variety of activities and habitats.

The Common consists of a mixture of open space, woodland and road verge covering 15 acres.

Rosehall Green - a grass verge by a road junction.

Sarratt Manorial Waste - a small maintained area of grass by a road junction.

The Linces - A partly wooded area of approximately 8 acres on the western outskirts of Luton and adjacent to the M1

Pope's Meadow – Pleasant open maintained grassed area of approximately 13 acres.

Bells Close Field - Pleasent open maintained grassed area of approximately 13 acres.

The Moor – Pleasant open maintained grassed area of approximately 5 acres.

Blacksmith’s Pond (Pirton) – An attractive village pond.
Top Field Common – used by Hitchin Town Football Club.

Butt’s Close (Hitchin) – Pleasant open area of approximately 7 acres.

The remnants of a much larger common historically.

This small area of common land has been used for centuries as a market place.

 

This common is a pond which might have formed in an old quarry.
This common land is not accessible to the public.
This common pond can be seen from the nearby road.
This was one of the historic ponds on the former Woodcote Common.
This medium sized pond is easily accessible and is a haven for pond wildlife.
This common sounds like it was the Eaton Bray market place at the centre of the village.
This common is now the Village Allotments.
Unusually, this common appears to be an arable field.
This common in the centre of Edlesborough is now used for recreational purposes.
This is one of two sites in Edlesborough where common land is now used as allotments.
This is one of two sites in Edlesborough where common land is now used as allotments.
This common pond has a public footpath running right past on its western edge.
There's no apparent public access to this common.
This pond is easily accessible - sit on the bench and watch the world go by!
A small pond in the centre of Kidmore End with a bench, so you can sit under the tree and watch the ducks.
A medium sized pond on the outskirts of Sonning Common (close to the Butcher's Arms pub) with a small lay-by across the road and seating to allow you to sit and watch the ducks swimming around their apparently palatial home.
This small common is by the track to the north-west of Cobblershill Lane.
This area of common situated on the north-western edge of Hyde Heath is centred around an open recreation field.
An area of mostly woodland which straddles the Chesham Road to the north-west of Hyde Heath.
This common used to be covered in gorse, hence its name.
Hollows and deep dells in the woods hint at an industrial past for this common.
A small strip of common on Brays Green Lane.
A small strip of common on the eastern edge of Hyde Heath.
A medium sized pond at the junction of Stag Lane and Cockpit Road.
A former quarry by the side of Chinnor Hill road.
These allotments are situated on Sprig's Holly Lane and are visible from the road.
A small pond site just to the west of Beechgrove Farm.
This small pond is by the side of Sprig's Holly Lane.
This common used to be a medium-sized pond just off the main road running through Bledlow Ridge.
These allotments are situated on Green Lane in The City.
A small allotment at the junction between Green End Road and Radnage Common Road.
A small common next to the chapel on Green End Road.
A small pond which may have been used by drovers in the past.
A small pond just off of the main road through Studley Green.
A strip of common by the side of the Chinnor Road at Loxborough Hill.
A thin strip of common on Bottom Road.
This narrow strip of common is situated on Horseshoe Road.
A former chalk pit on Bower's Lane.
This pond is on Mudds Bank Road.
This common land is on Mudds Bank road in Waterend.
This used to be a pond at the end of Radnage Common Road.
A very small pond just off Chinnor Road.
Situated on the main road running through Bledlow Ridge this pond may once have been used by drovers.
A small pond on the outskirts of Bledlow Ridge.
A small former pond between Beacon's Bottom and Horsleys Green.

A pond on the northern edge of Lacey Green.

A small pond on Kiln Lane.
A small pond on Kiln Lane.
A small pond on the outskirts of Speen.

Open maintained grassy area supporting a pleasant village atmosphere.

Chauldren Meadow is used by Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) Rugby Union Football Club.

 

A pleasant open flat grazing area.

A pleasant open flat grazing area.

A pleasant wooded area.

A small but pleasant open flat grazing area.

A pleasant open flat grazing area.

A pleasant open flat grazing area.

Tylers Green has two interconnected areas, the Front and Back Commons, now designated as 'village green'.  There is a wooded area with lots of paths and an open grassy area with a pond.

A picturesque area in the middle of the village.
Once a busy chalk pit, this common is now a tranquil Local Nature Reserve.
A quirk of history has resulted in common land in Fawley.

A broad tree lined track between fields to the north of Hemel Hempstead.

These wide road verges have a long history.
This tranquil green was once a busy place.
The grass area in front of the church and village hall is commonland.

This was once a busy local quarry.

This land was once a quarry.
A small patch of common with an unknown history.
The smallest area of common land in the Chilterns.
Consisting of a green common and waste of the manor.
The pond is common land.
This little area of common is by the road as you travel between High Wycombe and Hazlemere.
A quirk of history might be why this village green is a common.
The wide verges along the Tring Road have a long history.
A wooded green path in the countryside to the north of Hemel Hempstead.

This village green is common land.

Common following main road through the village of Hyde Heath.

Before the roads were busy with cars, these road verges were probably busy with grazing livestock.
Before the roads were busy with cars, these wide road verges were probably busy with grazing livestock.
The name of this common implies that it has always been wooded.
One of a number of commons in Lane End which form a continuous stretch from Frieth to the M40, Moor Common lies between Ditchfield common and Moorend Common. 
This small patch of common land behind the pub was once part of Wycombe Heath.
These wide verges are remnants of Wycombe Heath.

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