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

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

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.

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