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The common

Commons – pieces of land available to everyone – have been an important element in the mental concept and physical lay-out of English towns and cities since the Middle Ages. They are thought to have served in the past as grazing land where livestock could wander freely. Today there are 7000 commons in England, covering a total of almost one million acres. They range from Lake District fells to Surrey picnic spots, from Norfolk greens to Dartmoor hill grazing. Some are famous open spaces such as the Malvern Hills, or Hampstead heath; others are small areas known only to local people. Offering greenery and respite in urban settings, these days you are less likely to come across a stray sheep than picnickers, kite flyers, joggers, cyclists and the odd litter-collecting Womble.

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they're a little bit of the countryside in the middle of cities. wildness near the centre of town. there's something very English about them, a place where you can walk with or without your dog, a place to watch the seasons go by. I live in Spain and there's nothing comparable here.

James Stewart


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My nomination is the garden shed.

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