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

Defra issue second CAP reform factsheet

The latest information about new CAP schemes in England, including more details about greening, crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas is now online here

It has a short section on common land on pages 2 & 3.

Livestock Sales Reports - Lairg

Lairg lamb sale is frequently seen as a barometer for the year’s breeding and store sales,  and going by the prices seen at their first sale  on Tuesday 12 August 2014, there is some cautious confidence in the sheep sector.

There were 14,636 lambs at their first sale with one of the largest crowds of people seen at this auction mart for several years. The average price of ewe lambs  was up on last year.

Bog Ashpodel and "Saut"

Recently, bog asphodel has become more prevalent in the uplands, partly due to the management regimes put in place for agri-environment schemes.

Bog Asphodel is poisonous to both sheep and cattle, causing serious kidney problems and a photosensitive disorder ( called 'saut' in Cumbria).  The photosensitization causes various chemical reactions in the skin on exposure to the sun, resulting in tissue damage. It can be fatal. If caught early the animals can be saved.

A vision for lamb production

The first ever ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report between the NFU and NSA was launched at the NSA Sheep Event.

Liz Truss - new Secretary of State

Taken from NFU online

Owen Paterson has been replaced as Defra Secretary of State by the Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss.

Mr Paterson's departure follows a wide-ranging reshuffle.His 38-year-old replacement, Lizz Tuss, entered parliament in 2010, will leave a ministerial role at the Department for Education.

Ms Truss founded the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs which campaigns for economic reform and a positive attitude to profit making enterprise.

Federation has taken another step towards setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria

In late May we submitted an extensive proposal to the Secretary of State to set up a Commons Council for Cumbria.We are asking the Secretary of State to allow Cumbria to establish a Commons Council by order made under Section 27 of the 2006 Commons Act. If the Secretary of State is convinced that we have demonstrated  prima facie (evidence sufficient to prove a particular proposition) substantial support for a commons council in Cumbria, then there are still a number of steps to achieve as follows:

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