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

80% of moorland commons are claiming SPS

Figures from the Rural Payments Agency show that SPS is claimed on around 78% of all comon land in England. Over 80% of the moorland commons are coverd by SPS claims and SPS is paid on around two thirds of lowland commons.

The total value of SPS claims on common land is  £19,313,847 of which £9,135,589 is paid out to moorand commons, but a further £7,335,784 is not claimed for this is mainly on the lowland commons.

Farmers should be rewarded for ecosystems services delivery

Farmers and land managers should be appropriately rewarded for the work they do in maintaining and enhancing the supply of ecosystems services from the UK countryside is one of the recommendations from CRE Policy Brief 3 "What do ecosystems services offer the UK rural economy?" Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle.

What are ecosystems services?

Ecosystem services include the essential natural services provided by the land, including:

Some good new for upland farmers

RDPE Transition - Environmental Stewardship

The current Rural Development Programme (RDP) is due to finish at the end of this year, but the next RDP will not start until 2015.  Pending agreement on the legal basis and rural development budgets, Defra are planning to offer £30 million to spend on Environmental Stewardship in 2014, which is very welcome news for hill farmers in the Lake District and other upland

The bulk of this (£26 million) will be spent on top priority Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements, to be targeted at:

United Utilities draft Water Resources Management Plan

You may wish to comment on United Utilities (UU) draft Water Resources Plan (WRMP) before the Consultation period closes on 6th August. The plan sets out how – for the 25 year period between 2015 – 20140 - UU intends to provide enough quality water to meet customer needs at an affordable price without damaging the environment.

Update of CAP negotiations

Taken from NSA Members’ Update 28th June 2013

Political agreement was finally reached on the future CAP after The Commission, The Council, and the EU Parliament came to an agreement this Wednesday the 26th June.  The deal is yet to be formally approved by Council and EU Parliament and there are still some outstanding issues to be dealt with, in particular the moving of funds between Pillar 1 and 2, rates of member state co-financing and the question of capping large payments.

New Coalition to campaign for High Nature Value Farming

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of a coalition of 18 organisations that have written to Owen Paterson MP - the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and also to the agriculture ministers in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland - warning them of the impending crisis facing wildlife, landscape and communities in so-called High Nature Value (HNV) farming areas.

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