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

United Utilities propose a 9.6km fence on the fells souh west of Thirlmere

United Utilities are applying for a 9.6km fence on the fells to the south west of Thirlmere. We believe this will be very damaging. The Friends of the Lake Distict  are asking  people to take action by objecting or expressing concern about this application.

They raise three key concerns with this proposal:
• Lack of evidence to justify the need for the fence at the current time.
• Detrimental impacts on landscape, access and cultural heritage (including on potential World Heritage Site).

The benefits of a Commons Council - from Dartmoor

John Waldon the Chairman of Dartmoor Commoners' Council recently wrote a short article on the benefits of a Commons Council. Here is it reproduced in full.

Implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006: Notice of transitional period

We have received the following letter.

CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

COMMONS ACT 2006 – SCHEDULE 3

NOTICE OF TRANSITIONAL PERIOD FOR THE AMENDMENT OF THE REGISTERS OF COMMON LAND AND VILLAGE GREENS

 

Cumbria  County  Council  is  the  Registration  Authority  responsible  for  maintaining  the  Registers  of  Common Land and Town or Village Greens in the county.

Latest CAP leaflet includes important details on active farmer rule

Key information about active farmer rules and land uses and features included in new CAP Countdown leaflet.

Farmers in England with at least 36 hectares of eligible land will qualify as an active farmer under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)

New Countryside Stewardship what's in it for commoners and hill farmers in general?

A new introductory leaflet to Countryside Stewardship has just been published. We thought you would be interested so please see the link below.

Our first impressions is that Countryside Stewardship appears so focused on biodiversity there is little room for financially supporting the delivery of any other outcomes. Landscape, cultural heritage and access are the very poor relations in this current round of CAP. This is not good news for hill farmers.

Commons

The main points in relation to commons seem to be:

Federation's response to Natural England's targeting statements

As mentioned in one of our previous posts common land gets short shrift in the these targeting statements. There is scant mention of common land, let alone any recognition that the management of common land is not the same as enclosed land. We feel that yet again, the unique way that common land is managed is either invisible or ignored by Natural England, so we had to have our say.

You can download our response here

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