Town and village greens

5. Town and village greens in East Sussex

Town and Village Greens are usually areas of land within defined settlements or geographical areas which are used for sports and pastimes.

Unlike common land, there is no general right of public access over village greens, which are instead reserved for use by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood or locality.

A town or village green may be privately owned, although in practice many greens are owned by the local parish council. Some greens may also have rights of common over them.

The registers of common land and town and village greens in East Sussex are held at County Hall in Lewes. The registers are formed of a written record that describes each piece of land, and a set of maps map with all registered common land and village greens marked on them. These can be viewed by contacting the Rights of Way team.

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