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Common land is usually privately owned land that is subject to rights of common. A right of common can be defined as the right for someone to use the product of another man's land in common with the owner of the soil. Rights holders are often referred to as Commoners or Graziers. Common land is usually less cultivated than the surrounding farmland and forms an important resource for nature conservation, recreation and agriculture.

In May 2005, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave the public right to access all registered common land on foot. For more information, please see the page about 'Access to the countryside and common land'

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