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

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?

MOD withdraws application to de-register common land at Warcop, Hilton and Murton

This  is complicated stuff. According to Pannage Man's Blog aka Hugh Craddock  who had policy responsibility for drafting the Commons Bill and then implementing the Commons Act 2006, "the repeal in Cumbria of the Commons Registration Act 1965 means that the Ministry of Defence cannot at any time renew its application for deregistration under that Act: the opportunity has passed for good.

Federation objects to UU's fencing plan above 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 and we have sent a letter of objection to the Planning Inspectorate.  This what we said in the letter.


Dear Sir/Madam,

Proposals by United Utilities to fence Whelpside, Steel End, West Head, Armboth, Bleaberry and Wythburn Common

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