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 director of the National Centre for the Uplands wants farmers to be more valued

Julia Aglionby (who is a committe member of the Federation) spelt out her vision for the National Centre for the Uplands in an article published in the November edition of the Cumbria Farmer. Julia aims to create a bridge between farmers and people with an interest in the uplands. "The Centre will be very much about partnerships and networking with farmers feeling like they are leading the process and the next generation of hill farmers will be really capable of leading discussions on land management for the hills".

No 'black hole' on CAP reform, pledges Brussels

Taken from Farmers Weekly 7th November 2012

Special measures could be introduced to stop farmers from falling into a bureaucratic black hole caused by delays to CAP reform.

Common Land Coalition seeks implementation of the 2006 Commons Act

A group on 16 diverse countryside bodies, including the Federation of Cumbria Commoners,  concerned about the future of English Common Land have jointly written to Minister, Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and have had a further letter published in The Times.   The Common Land Coalition claims that commons constitute some of England’s finest assets.  They point out that there are 7,000 commons in England, covering nearly 400,000ha.  Found in all areas from remote uplands to our larges

Federation committee member has been appointed as the first Director of the National Centre for the Uplands

Congratulations Julia

Askham Bryan College has appointed Julia Aglionby as the first Director of the National Centre for the Uplands to drive forward the College's vision to create a focus for excellence and a national forum for debate on this important sector of agriculture and the countryside.

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.

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