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

Carlisle: drop-in center for SPS 2013 applications

From 25 March to 15 May the RPA  drop-in center will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday at Eden Bridge House, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DX. Telephone: 07826 860760

You can take your paper SPS application forms and get a basic check.

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: “At our drop-in centres this year we will be happy to help applicants make the move online for SPS 2014, so that they can join the 42,000 people who already benefit from making their claims electronically.”

Commons Council - Cumbria Farmer Article April 2013

The April Edition of the Cumbria Farmer published an article about the thinking behind setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria and why the Federation of Cumbria Commoners is working with Defra and Natural England to set up a single management system for commons.

Below is the text of the article - you can also download the published article

Bracken Control Newsletter April 2013

The Label and Notice of Authorisation will not be available until the Emergency Authorisation comes into effect on 20 May. 

For more details about the Asulam Emergency Authorisation see http://e2.ma/click/5dfre/pdgjrb/tc6peb

 

 

Automatic derogation for supplementary feeding

Natural England is reminding farmers that it is continuing to make Environmental Stewardship scheme derogations available to help England's farmers cope with the recent heavy snowfall and continued wet ground conditions.

AgriChatUK - "What future for Upland farms?" discussion 21/03/13

The aim of AgriChatUK is to give everyone involved in agriculture a place to share ideas, discuss pressing rural issues, debate hot topics and connect with people in the industry who may not otherwisebe easily accessible.

It is a weekly 2 hour Q&A discussion session held every Thursday evening between 8-10pm on Twitter.

Tim Farron calls to back British hill farmers by cutting modulation levy

Tim Farron has called on the government to do more to help hill farmers by slashing the modulation levy, which is the amount that the government takes off single farm payments. Tim would like to see a greater recognition of the role that upland farmers play in protecting our towns from flooding, maintaining access to the fells for walkers, developing and protecting our landscape and biodiversity and of course producing the highest quality beef and lamb.

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