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'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:

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”.

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