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

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.

Fees for or certain applications made under Part 1 of CA2006 have been announced

The fees have been published on Cumbria Comunty Council's website for certain applications made under Part 1 of Commons Act 2006 – these fees will apply from 1st April 2015. See

Defra U-turn on how BPS will be calculated on commons

This is brilliant news for all commoners and something we have been lobbying for along with a number of other organisations.

Should English hill farmers follow the Welsh hill farmers lead?

Stepehen Carr's Opinion piece in Farmers Weekly is well worth a read.

He is thrilled that, last December, Welsh hill farmers succeeded with their legal action and scuppered the Welsh government’s proposal to pay anyone farming land above a “400m moorline” a small fraction of the new BPS area payment of anyone farming below it.

CAP reform - we need decisions now

We, along with the Foundation for Common Land, the NFU and others have become increasingly concerned about how the new Basic Payment Scheme will be implemented on common land. We need decisions  soon before purdah starts at the end of March. Purdah is the pre-election period when central and local government can't make announcements about any new or controversial government initiatives. The Foundation for Common Land has recently written to the Defra Minster, George Eustace and we hope he listens.

What is bothering us?

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