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

Visitors from Ireland and Wales

The Federation hosted two groups of visitors this summer keen to learn about how we manage our commons. Despite the really wet summer, we had glorious weather for both visits.

Dairy farmers must be paid more for their milk

Please sign the epetion link below

epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/6424

The campaign for asulam in the Farmers Guardian

See the two articles published in the Farmer's Guardian for a view about the campaign to maintain a supply of asulam products for bracken control:

Non-food crops herbicide derogation campaign (6 July)

Rethink strategies to control weed threat (8 July)

Natural England calls for evidence in second phase of uplands review

Natural England has issued a further call for evidence as part of a wide-ranging review into land management, biodiversity and ecosystem services in the uplands.  Views and contributions are being sought from upland land managers, land owners, industry, academic, scientific and third sector groups.

Average wool price up by 22p kilo

The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) has announced an increase in wool payments for producers.

The average clip value has increased for the fourth consecutive year by 22p per kg to £1.24ppkg for 2011 season. According to the BWMB wool auction prices have risen over the last couple of years due to strong global demand particularly from China. It is hoped these prices will be maintained for the 2012 season although there has been slower growth in China in recent months.

Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective (MESME): A Bad Deal for Upland Farmers

Controversy has arisen over Natural England’s launch of the “Making Environmental Stewardship More Effective” (MESME) initiative. Several new options are being introduced (mostly applicable only in the lowlands) and points available for low priority options are being reduced or their prescriptions are being made more demanding.

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