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

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.

Federation response to Defra EU review of LFAs

The Federation has sent its response to the Defra consultation on EU review of Less Favoured Areas.

We’ve asked our members to look at the new maps and see if it will affect them and it doesn’t as all the common land remains within the new classification called Areas if Natural Constraint.

There still is time to be one of the first commons to join the Commons Council

Does your commoners association want to join a Cumbria Commons Council?

Recently we have sent letters to the Chairmen/ Secretaries of commoners associations who have not yet made a commitment to be part of a Commons Council. We want to encourage them to take part. You can download and read a copy of the letter by clicking below.

Asulam granted 120 day authorisation from 20th May

Asulam, traded as Asulox, will be available for bracken control in 2013 under Emergency Authorisation. This has been confirmed by the Chemical Regulatory Directorate and has this week been signed off by Ministers.

The 120 day authorisation period to use Asulam will start on the 20th May and last until the 16th September.  All stocks must be used according to the label and must be used, destroyed or returned to the manufacturer by 31st October 2013.  

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