Although the status of traditional greens now rests on statute1, their origin was in local custom and they therefore had to have an origin from time immemorial2.
Other than for the purposes of registration3, village greens and town greens, though frequently referred to in Acts of Parliament, have not been the subject of statutory definition. They may or may not be subject to rights of common4, but the essential characteristic of a town or village green is that the inhabitants of the town, village, or parish should have an immemorial customary right to use it for exercise and recreation
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