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

Federation will object to MOD wanting to de-register common land at Warcop

Do you remember in late 2012 we objected to the Ministry of Defence’s proposal to de-register the land at Hilton, Murton and Warcop Commons?  I have received a letter from the MoD consultants to say that the Minister of Defence Anna Soubry agrees with the MoD’s proposal to de-register the land as commons land and they will now be applying to Cumbria County Council to de-register the land.

No mention of common land in Targeting Statements for Countryside Stewardship

Natural England have decided to call NELMS Countryside Stewardship. They recently issued Targeting Statements for their National Character Areas in Cumbria and are asking for comments.

I wasn’t sure what a Targeting Statement was, so I looked it up. The Humber Nature Partnership says:

Why is farming so important for the uplands?

The NFU has a useful article about what Britain could look like without farmed uplands and asks if this is a realistic option or a step too far.

You can download the article here

Natural England's application for a fence on Fell End Clouds rejected

A planning inspector has refused Natural England consent to erect a fence around an area of limestone pavement on common land in Upper Eden, known as Fell End Clouds, Cumbria.

Fell End Clouds is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Natural England  considers that temporary fencing is needed to prevent sheep from grazing on its rare and unusual species of plants .in order to bring it back into “favourable condition”.

Latest Defra CAP reform leaflet is published

This leaflet provides more details on the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).  This includes information on the active farmer rules, the national reserve for BPS entitlements and important information for new and young farmers on their potential eligibility for new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlements and how they can find out whether they are eligible to claim for top up payments worth up to 25 per cent of the average value of their entitlements.

Another change for next year: new requirement to submit an annual claim form for payment of UELS/HLS money

We have been told by Natural England that from next year (2015), existing Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreement holders will be required to submit a claim form by 15 May each year, in order to receive their scheduled ES payments. This new claim form is required because the EU rules that apply to current ES agreements are changing, as part of the new Rural Development Programme which starts next year.

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