Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

What England's Uplands provides

Click on the picture to see what the uplands provide.

To see the sources for all the figures in the picture click on the file below.


Mark Grimshaw invited to Cumbria to discuss non payment of BPS on commons

The Federation along with NFU and CLA have sent a joint letter to Mark Grimshaw, CEO RPA asking for answers to a number of issues about payment of BPS 2015 and inviting him to come to meet with representatives of the farming community in Cumbria to discuss the current situation regarding non-payment of BPS on common land. 

The letter:

Dear Mr Grimshaw

BPS payments issues for commoners


The National Farmers’ Union (NFU), Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the Federation of Cumbria Commoners are demanding the Rural Payments Agency fully explain why farmers haven’t received Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) monies for the common land in their care.

Less than helpful letter from Angela Leadsom about RPA's inability to pay commoners

Tim Farron, MP has been attempting to put pressure on Andrea Leadsom MP, the new Minister of State for Defra, to get RPA to pay up the BPS 2015 owed to commoners and other farmers.

Federation reponds to National Trust letter to us and other farming organisations

Last Friday we, along with other farming organisations received a letter from Mike Innerdale, Assistant Director (Operations) North Region, regarding the National Trust’s position on some key issues in the Lake District at the moment.

Shame on the National Trust for breaking up a hill farm in the Lake District

The Federation along with the commoners in Borrowdale, in Cumbria, members of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association, hill farmer tenants of the National Trust, James Rebanks, Lord Melvyn Bragg and many more who have commented about this, and we suspect countless members of the National dismayed and worried by the National Trust's purchase of the land and sheep of Thorneythwaite farm, Borrowdale, but not its farmhouse or outbuildings. The valley has lost another working farm and a future opportunity for a young farmer to begin their farming career.

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