Common land is generally land of little economic value – ‘waste land’. Therefore, historically, the Lord of the Manor would allow individuals the right to graze animals, collect firewood and fish amongst other rights.
The Commons Registration Act (1965) made it compulsory for all common land to be registered.
All commons were catalogued and rights of all commoners and landowners registered.
Coity Wallia Commons has its own act of parliament – ‘Coity Wallia Commons Act 1976’, whereby a board of conservators was appointed to manage, maintain and improve Coity Wallia Commons.