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

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.


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

At last Part 1 of Commons Act 2006 will be implemented in Cumbria very soon

The 2014 Regulations have been laid in Parliament and will commence on 15 December 2015. From that date it will be possible for people in Cumbria to make any type of application allowed under Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006.

I have received the following from Defra.

Commons Act 2006 Implementation Update No.30: 17 November 2014
This is number 30 in a series of emails to update you on the implementation of the Commons Act 2006 (‘the 2006 Act’).  In this update:

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:

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