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

Important developments on Greening of CAP

THE European Commission has accepted participation in agri-environment schemes could enable farmers to be exempt from at least some Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening measures.

The Commission has tabled a ‘concept paper' which makes a number of concessions that reflect the demands of an increasingly influential group of member states, including the UK, currently working together to re-write the greening proposals.  

Rural Business Research Intelligence from the Regions

Twice a year staff of Rural Busines Reasearch provide up to the minute information from their Regions on what is happening on farms and local markets together with a summary of current attitudes and concerns. The website; http://www.ruralbusinessresearch.co.uk has the latest collated report. Comments are welcome as well as any queries; please contact the Editor; philip.robertson@nottingham.ac.uk.

Extract from the key points of the report.

Beef and Sheep

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Common Land in England

A new searchable database of all common land in England is now available on-line.

This website contains land records for nearly all parcels of registered common land in England, with additional data including location, area, extent of rights etc. The information was assembled between 1982 and 1993 as part of the biological survey of common land. You can search this database by simply typing in an area name in the search box at the top of the web page. You can search by district, parish, or county.

Hear about Common Land issues on Farming Today, Radio 4

This week, 30 April - 4 May, Farming Today on Radio 4 is covering issues around the theme of common land. The programme is aired from 5.45 - 6.00 am. If you are unable to listen to it then you can always listen again - click here for details http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q

Hefted - a short DVD from Eden Arts

HEFTED is a film Eden Arts commissioned from Cumbrian production company Dreamtime Films. It is about how people, as well as sheep, feel a sense of belonging to their landscape. It is well worth a watch you can find it here: http://www.edenarts.co.uk/portfolio/hefted/

Woodland Owners Survey

The Independent Panel on Forestry Woodland Owners Survey is now live and can be found at http://www.sylva.org.uk/limesurvey/index.php?sid=44516&newtest=Y&lang=enIt will close on 7th May at 12 noon.

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