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 supports moving money up the hill

The Federation has sent a letter to the Editor of the Farmers Guardian defending Defra plans to move CAP money uphill.

The letter was in response to an article that appeared last week's Farmers Guardian outlining the fact that the NFU is suggesting that proposed 82.3 per cent increase in the moorland rate is ‘disproportionately large. The NFU goes on to say

SPS Payment update

Below is a round up of useful reminders on SPS 2013 payments for you to be aware of

  1. 2013 Payment Window

The 2013 SPS Payment window opens on the 1st December 2013 and will run through to the 30th June 2014. Given that the 1st December falls on a Sunday, the first payments could be hitting farmers bank accounts from Monday 2nd December.

The Federation responds to CAP consultation

The Federation has responded to the Defra consultation on the future CAP. Below are some of the main points we made.

Defra consultation TB pre-movement testing between farm and common

Defra is inviting views from stakeholders on proposals for new control measures to further reduce the risk of bovine TB transmission between cattle herds.

One of the key proposed changes may have a severe impact on grazing cattle on common land

Brendon Commons to have the first commons council

The Brendon Commons, in the Devon part of the Exmoor National Park, are to have the first-ever commons council under the Commons Act 2006. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decreed that the Brendon Commons Council will come into being on 1 April 2014.

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