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

Natural England reminds farmers in ES schemes that they can supplementary feed their livestock in severe cold weather

Natural England has confirmed that in the event of further heavy snowfall this winter then livestock farmers - who may have an agri-environment agreement that includes restrictions on carrying out supplementary feeding - would be able to provide their livestock with additional feed.  This would be a temporary relaxation for the duration of any severe cold weather period and it will not be necessary to contact Natural England for consent before carrying out supplementary feeding under these circumstances.

Tim Farron says Government must act quicker to help farmers on common land

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called on the Government to take action to help farmers who have part of their farm wrongly labelled as 'common land'.

Tim Farron has been lobbying the Government on this issue. However, DEFRA Minster Richard Benyon MP has now said in a ministerial reply that the rules will not be changed until 2015 at the earliest.

Warcop common land status still rumbles on

Last week's Westmorland  Gazette had an article about the Ministry of Defence's bid to have the common land at Warcop, Murton and Hilton de-registered.

No decision has been made yet and a Defence Infrastructure Organisation spokesman said: “We are still awaiting the outcome.”

To read the full article click here http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/10147281.Warcop_grazing_rights_row_rumbles_on/

 

Consultation on improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven

ON Monday 17th December 2012 Natural England submitted its report to the Secretary of State setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven. These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline under the provisions of Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

You can make representations to the Secretary of State about the proposals. Owners and occupiers of affected land are also entitled to make objections about the report.

Fresh Start Uplands Academy

Do know anyone who would be interested in attending the Fresh Start Uplands Academy? Starting in February 2103 there will be four sessions two before lambing and two afterwards. It is suitable for;

  1. Anyone taking over a family farm
  2. People currently working as an employee looking for a share farming or tenancy arrangement ie setting up alone
  3. New Entrants from outside farming

For more information please see attached flyer

Do you know what a moorland habitat in good condition looks like?

At the Cumbria Grazing Forum meeting this month we were shown pictures of moorland that Natural England say are in good condition. These will be used for the self-monitoring scheme on Kinnisde common. This document is valuable, but The Federation believes it is partial. The most obvious question is 'in good condition for what/whom?' There is no mention of the condition relative to grazing.

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