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

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

Defra update explaining changes to BPS on common land is now available

Defra have published an update explaining the changes to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments for common land and what farmers should do next. It follows Defra’s policy announcement on16 March 2015. Under the Basic Payment Scheme(BPS), farmers can claim payments for the grazing rights they have for a common or area of shared grazing

Treatment of common land under Basic Payment Scheme

On 16th March Defra announced its policy on common land under BPS, and also SPS, this can be found here.

We are still waiting for Guidance on commons and information on common land usage per common – To be sent to commoners and placed online to explain the changes to common land under BPS.


RSBP looking for a farm contractor for Naddle and Swindale farms

We have been asked by RSPB to publicise this opportunity.

Contract Farming Opportunity

Extensive Sheep farm - Cumbria

Judge decides that a right of common cannot be created on registered common land

Mrs Justice Lang decides by way of judicial review that prescrpitive rights cannot be registered on existing registered common land.

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