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



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

George Monbiot meets Cumbrian farmers head-to-head at Federation of Cumbria Commoners 10th anniversary AGM and Conference

Over 100 people attended the AGM last Friday at Newton Rigg. Started by commoners 10 years ago and run by commoners, we have grown steadily over the years. Our membership manages nearly 20% of the common land in England. This makes the Federation a force to be reckoned with and one of the very few authentic bodies speaking for the commons of the country.

Parasite Forecast February 2014

Watch this webinar delivered by vet Peers Daves vet on:

  • Liverfluke
  • Worms in store lambs
  • Nematodirus
  • Lice in sheep
  • Flock health planning

There's lots of useful advice 

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.

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