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

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.


Tuesday (21st May) saw official confirmation that the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) had licenced MSD Animal Health’s Schmallenberg vaccine.

Progress on Natural England's Uplands Delivery Review

Natural England has been undertaking a review of Uplands evidence and have published their findings

This is the first of Natural England’s evidence reviews and it addresses 5 topics which were identified with stakeholder input.  It reflects on areas of advice that are subject to challenge and looks at what could make a difference on the ground.

The publication includes the methodology and the assurance process as well as the five topic reviews.

English sheep farmers SEVERE WEATHER PAYMENTS

Defra has made up to £250,000 available to subsidise the cost of collecting and rendering sheep that died in the severe late March snowfall. This will help farmers who suffered heavier losses than normal due to the exceptional weather, to cover these unexpected costs.

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) will administer the scheme, but farmers do not need to be members already or have used a member collector in order to apply for the subsidy.

Report on the work of Farmer Networks - showcasing the Cumbria Farmer Network

This report  was commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Its purpose was to understand how existing Farmer Networks operate, consider the value of Farmer Networks and positive change the bring to farmers. The Cumbria Farmer Network Ltd is one of the five case studies - it's mission is to "Inform, Educate and Support those involved iwth farming".

Read British Farmer & Grower article about the Federation and commons

The April 2013 edition of the British Farmer and Grower has an article about the work of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners, the origins of common land and how they are used today.  You can download and read the article here.

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