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

Scheme Development Bulletin Agri-environment in 2014 and beyond

Defra has unveiled more details of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS) to start in 2016. Resources will be "constrained". Currently, 70% of England's farmland is covered by agri-environment schemes, this is likely to fall to 35-40 per cent of the agricultural area.

Cumbrian hill farmers fighting for their livelihoods - article in the Telegraph

The Saturday Telegraph magazine published an article on Cumbria Hill Farmers written by Harriet Fraser with photographs by her husband Rob as part of their Landkeepers project.

The article explains how hill farmers ensure their flocks and their way of life are sustainable alongside the maintaining the landscape and environment.


Landkeepers - tells about the culture and value of hill farming in Cumbria

Land Keepers is a photographic documentary project that explores the culture and value of hill farming in Cumbria, and considers its place within the context of environmental management. Writer Harriet Fraser and Photographer Rob Fraser have spent two years with farmers in the uplands of Cumbria and share their findings through interviews, images, blog, articles and poems.

Well worth a look.



The Commons Act 2006 has the potential to affect ALL those who own commons rights and, if not acted upon, may result in those who currently own common rights, losing those rights if the Commons Register has not been accurately updated to record transactions between registration of rights in 1965/1970 and the 1st June 2005 when the no severance rule under the Commons Act 2006 came into force.

Commons Registration Service in Cumbria

Defra has chosen Cumbria as a new pilot authority for the implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006. This will allow applications to be made to update the registers with new and historic events, it will also allow the Commons Registration Authority to receive applications to correct errors and mistakes in the registers. Please contact the Commons Registration Service regarding the Commons Act 2006

Land Management Update - February Issue

Natural England's latest issue of Land Management Update, newsletter to partners, stakeholders and land managers involved in land management delivery and agri-environment schemes is available.

In this issue the main features include

·       A report on the achievements of the Higher Level Stewardship Programme at the end of 2013.

·       The Uplands Delivery Review

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