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

Rory Stewart is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs

Portfolios have now been confirmed for Defra Ministers.

One of our local MPs Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Borders) has Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, has responsibility for:

Addicted to sheep

Your administrator, Viv, won two free tickets to the World Premier of the documentary film "Addicted to Sheep" at Sheffield last Saturday. The film is subtitled "one family's quest to breed the perfect sheep".

Defra and NE have updated their guidance on managing common land

Defra have recently updated their Guidance on managing common land - to find out more, go to

Good news: keeping of detailed livestock records postponed till 2016

Defra have decided to postpone their plans to require the increased level of movement recording that we were threatened with last month.  Common sense has prevailed recognising the practical problems recording livestock movements by land parcel caused.  But this is only a postponement to a later date.  

Be extra vigilant - sheep stolen near Dufton, Appleby

The NFU is appealing to all sheep farmers in Cumbria to be extra vigilant following the theft of 26 one-year-old pedigree Swaledale breeding sheep by thieves who clearly had expertise in rounding up livestock.  Cumbria Police confirmed the sheep, worth £46,800, were stolen at a point during the late evening of Friday 10 April and the early hours of Saturday 11 April from an eight acre field at Long Marton. 

Everything in the hills starts with farmers

A sustainable hill farm lies at the very heart of the uplands of England. That was the message from Robin Milton the chairman of the NFU’s Uplands Group when he addressed delegates at the National Centre for the Uplands conference last week

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