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

Herdwick 10k Race: Saturday 5th July 2014

Cumbria Tourism, in collaboration with the Prince’s Countryside Fund, is organising a Herdwick 10k race in Langdale, to raise money for the Herdwick Sheep Breeder’s Association and to support the continuation of the Langdale Gala. More details can be seen here: .

Uniform Start Dates and Alignment of payments in 2015 – What you need to know?

From 2015 onwards, all new agri-environment agreements will have a single start date of 1 January in every year, rather than monthly start dates as at present.

Changes to cattle movement controls on commons

There is currently an exemption from pre-movement testing for movements of cattle to and from common land.

From 30 June 2014, the default will be that all cattle aged over 42 days of age moving to and from common land in the annual testing area must be pre-movement tested.

You can read the information note from Defra here.

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.

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