General News

General News

Visitors from Ireland and Wales

The Federation hosted two groups of visitors this summer keen to learn about how we manage our commons. Despite the really wet summer, we had glorious weather for both visits.

Average wool price up by 22p kilo

The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) has announced an increase in wool payments for producers.

The average clip value has increased for the fourth consecutive year by 22p per kg to £1.24ppkg for 2011 season. According to the BWMB wool auction prices have risen over the last couple of years due to strong global demand particularly from China. It is hoped these prices will be maintained for the 2012 season although there has been slower growth in China in recent months.

Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective (MESME): A Bad Deal for Upland Farmers

Controversy has arisen over Natural England’s launch of the “Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective” (MESME) initiative. Several new options are being introduced (mostly applicable only in the lowlands) and points available for low priority options are being reduced or their prescriptions are being made more demanding.

Important developments on Greening of CAP

THE European Commission has accepted participation in agri-environment schemes could enable farmers to be exempt from at least some Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening measures.

The Commission has tabled a ‘concept paper' which makes a number of concessions that reflect the demands of an increasingly influential group of member states, including the UK, currently working together to re-write the greening proposals.  

Rural Business Research Intelligence from the Regions

Twice a year staff of Rural Busines Reasearch provide up to the minute information from their Regions on what is happening on farms and local markets together with a summary of current attitudes and concerns. The website; http://www.ruralbusinessresearch.co.uk has the latest collated report. Comments are welcome as well as any queries; please contact the Editor; philip.robertson@nottingham.ac.uk.

Extract from the key points of the report.

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Common Land in England

A new searchable database of all common land in England is now available on-line.

This website contains land records for nearly all parcels of registered common land in England, with additional data including location, area, extent of rights etc. The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land. You can search this database by simply typing in an area name in the search box at the top of the web page. You can search by district, parish, or county.

Hear about Common Land issues on Farming Today, Radio 4

This week, 30 April - 4 May, Farming Today on Radio 4 is covering issues around the theme of common land. The programme is aired from 5.45 - 6.00 am. If you are unable to listen to it then you can always listen again - click here for details http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q

Hefted - a short DVD from Eden Arts

HEFTED is a film Eden Arts commissioned from Cumbrian production company Dreamtime Films. It is about how people, as well as sheep, feel a sense of belonging to their landscape. It is well worth a watch you can find it here: http://www.edenarts.co.uk/portfolio/hefted/

Countryside Code updated

Natural England has recently updated the Countryside Code.

The Code, which applies in England and Wales, makes it clear what the responsibilities are for both the public and the people who manage the land.

Code for land managers

3 sections of the Code are dedicated to land managers:

Know your rights, responsibilities and liabilities

Natural England scraps 50-year vision for uplands

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners welcomes the news that Natural England has abandoned its vision for England's uplands. We look forward to playing a key role in discussions about planning the future of the uplands.

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