There are 186,597 acres (75,500 hectares) of common land in Powys, most of which are in private ownership. Common land is usually less cultivated than the surrounding farmland and forms an important resource for nature conservation, recreation and agriculture.
Common land is characterised by the following habitat types:
Common land is usually privately owned land that is subject to rights of common that originate from the manorial land tenure system, which predate Parliament. 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.
Rights of common typically include:
The day to day agricultural management of common land is usually discussed and agreed by a Commoners' or Graziers' Association where they exist.
Within Powys there are 20 commons with rights for public access due to their location within a former Urban District or Municipal Borough. In addition there are 11 commons, owed by the Crown Estate, with a dedicated right of public access and 12 commons owned by the National Trust, which are kept unenclosed as open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the public.
In May 2005, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 extended a public right of access on foot to all finally registered common land. For the most up-to-date information and maps showing where you can go and what you can do on access land, including details of any local restriction and closures, visit the access pages on the Countryside Council for Wales website.
A Town or Village Green is usually an area of land within a defined settlement that is used by the local inhabitants for the exercise of lawful sports and pastimes. These activities may include organised or informal games, picnics and village fetes. Some greens may also have rights of common over them.
There are 34 town or village greens in Powys. They were registered under the Commons Registration Act 1965, which made it possible to register three categories of land as town or village green:
Go to the Commons Registration Page for information about the following:
Commons Registration has moved to the Gwalia Offices in Llandrindod Wells.
Telephone: 01597 827625
Fax: 01597 827555
Commons Registration Officer