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

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

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

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