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

Donated animal feed arrives in West Cumbria

Fifty-five bales of donated fodder were delivered on Tuesday 23 April to the hill farmers of south Cumbria who lost thousands of sheep in snow blizzards and are seriously running low on food to give to their stock.

A Househam Sprayer Ltd lorry, which set off at 4am from the town of Leadenham in Lincolnshire, arrived in a lay-by just north of Bootle in Cumbria at 8.30am with the load of haylage and silage which would have been sold into the equestrian market but was held back by a Lincolnshire farmer called Andrew Ward.

EU Budget 2014 - 2020 latest developments

The following is taken from Natural England’s Scheme Development Bulletin.

Final Application dates for HLS and UELS/ELS and news scheme development

Curent schemes

The current agri-environment scheme ends on 31st December 2013. The final application date for ELS is 1st September 2013. HLS applications should already be in train.

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

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