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

Defra publishes plans for CAP reform – we plan to respond and would like your views

Defra’s CAP reform consultation is out and will seek views on a wide range of policy areas. The document is available on-line.

Information about respiratory diseases in sheep

A webinar about parasite forecast in sheep, prevention and cure, is now available on the Nadis website

Classic Agri-environment schemes expiring in 2014

ESAs and Countryside Stewardship agreements expiring in 2014 can enter ELS or HLS during the 2014 transition period.

NFU Steering Document on CAP reform

The NFU upland farming group recently released a steering document outlining their views on CAP reform, suggesting routes for obtaining a fair deal for all farmers, including those in the hills and uplands.

FCC urges RSPB to take the long view at Naddle and Swindale farms

The Federation is concerned about RSPB's plans for  a further reduction in sheep numbers on the two farms they tenant at Naddle and Swindale near Haweswater in partnership with United Utilities. These plans include  removing sheep altogether from the common known as the Waters.We believe that this could have very serious and long term implications for neighbouring commoners and how they farm the commons. 

We have written a letter to RSPB outlining our concerns and the potential impact of removing sheep. These include:

FCC letter to Natural England re PIFs

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners have written to Poul Christensen, Chairman of Natural England to express our disappointment in the way that Natural England have managed the whole issue of Permanently Ineligible Features (PIFs)  in agri-environment agreements on common land.

We believe that delaying payment while sorting out minor changes due to PIFs in an agreement is disproportionate, unfair and causes hardship. NE should have considered alternatives to holding up of payments including;

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