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

Bracken Control Newsletter October 2012

Bracken Control Newsletter :17 October 2012

Bracken Control - BBC Farming Today

Geoff Eyre provided a farming perspective from the Peak District and I provided an overview about Emergency Authorisations on the Farming Today programme that was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 05:45 this morning.  It was hardly earth-shattering stuff, but the programme is available on the BBC iPlayer until 23rd October.

Oxfam report says hill farmers go hungry to feed livestock

A report by Rose Regeneration and UTASS has revealed how hard pressed farming families are going without food so they can afford to feed their livestock. Cash flow problems have forced many hill farmers in the English uplands to take drastic action – from cutting back on the weekly grocery bill to slashing input costs.  The ‘challenges facing farmers’ study was funded by Oxfam and took an in-depth look at the lives of 20 farmers over a nine month period.

Latest Bracken Control Group Newsletter

The September edition of the Bracken Control Group newsletter is available:

Bracken Control - BBC Radio Wales

The Country Focus programme, broadcast on Radio Wales at 07:00 on Sunday 23 September, included interviews with Mike Davies, while working with a helicopter spraying bracken and with me to provide a national view.  We got 12 minutes of coverage and the programme is available on iPlayer until 30 September.

Hill Farming Training successful 'dry run' day

DEFRA pledges £680m to rural development

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published its Rural Statement, billed as ‘a contract to give rural communities the power to hold Government to account on rural growth.’
 

The Federation responds to Natural England's call for evidence

The Federation submitted evidence (see below) for the second phase of Natural England's Uplands Review covering the following subject:

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