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

We reject Chris Packham's ideas to rewild Cumbrian fells

Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society, Mr Packham, of BBC Springwatch fame, said excessive livestock turns Britain’s uplands into “green deserts”, and lynx, beaver, boar and other wild species should be introduced in their place.

We welcome withdrawal of Thirlmere fence application

We are pleased that United Utilities (UU) has withdrawn its application for 10 kilometres of fencing on common land above Thirlmere. A public inquiry was due to open on 17 November.

Because the fence was across common land, UU had applied to the Planning Inspectorate for consent for works on common land, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.

Countryside Stewardship: new common land supplement is published

If you are planning to apply for Countryside Stewardship for your common this supplement contains important additional information.

You can find the supplement here:

Delay to agri-environment scheme payments "unacceptable" says NFU

A delay of up to four months for agri-environment scheme payments to farmers in England will put added pressure on farm businesses at a time when thousands are facing low farmgate prices. Natural England has told the NFU that payments, usually expected in August, will start being made to farmers in October but the majority of transactions won’t take place in November and December. This is partly due to IT failures in the spring and the extension of claim deadlines for the BPS and agri-environment scheme.

Summer 2015 newsletter now out

The summer edition of our newsletter is now out.

Contents include:

CAP Reform and common land

Courts say righst cannot be created by prescription

How HLS agreements will be monitored

A portrait of Langstrath and Coombe common

and more ........

You can download it here

Find out about grazing cattle in the uplands

Grazing Cattle on Rough Ground in the Uplands: Thursday 6th August at 4pm

Crosbythwaite Farm, on Ulpha Common,near Broughton-in Furness, LA20 6DY.
Courtesy of Mark and Gillian Fox

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