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

Rory Stewart: Swindale – What future for our landscape?

Rory Stewart writes about a visit to Swidale on the eastern edge of the Lake District near Shap. This  valley is owned by United Utilities, the water company. Two years ago the tenant farmer retired, now the new tenant is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Cumbria Young Commoners

To follow what Cumbria Young Comoners are going see their Facebook page

Land transfers in Environmental Stewardship

2014 is a transition year for agri-environment schemes, before the new environmental land management scheme starts in 2016.

Natural England has put arrangements in place to allow land transfers. The principles behind land transfers have changed:

  • No new land entered into ELS (unless the land is eligible for ELS under the transition arrangements for 2014)
  • No extension to the term of the existing ELS agreements beyond the current end date.

So what does this mean?

Part 1 of Commons Act 2006 to be implemented in Cumbria

Defra ministers announced today via a Written Ministerial Statement published in Parliament that there will be a further implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006 in England.

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

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