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

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;

Minister to review planning in the National Parks

Nick Boles has announced a review of planning policies in National Parks with the intention of ensuring the right balance between encouraging economic development and protecting the environment.

The planning minister’s announcement came last week during a debate initiated by Simon Hart MP.

Electronic movement reporting consultation launched

On 29 July 2013, DEFRA launched a consultation which paves the way for the introduction of the new sheep database and reporting system in England in spring 2014. This consultation also relates to goats and deer although as little change is proposed, the NFU response will focus on sheep. This consultation covers several areas including some less controversial housekeeping changes that must be made to the regulations; however it includes the proposal to remove the derogation for non-electronic slaughter tags.

The key points to consider include:

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