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

Let's not rush into change on our uplands

The July issue of Cumbria Farmer has an article from Julia Aglionby, one or our committee members. In this article Julia considers Natural England’s target to see 25% of the uplands wooded by 2060.

Julia believes that a sudden increase in woodland planting is not sensible or practical for the following reasons:
• The current stewardship schemes on commons are not fit for the task, as woodland establishment requires sheep exclusion for 20 – 50 years and Natural England can only offer payments for 10 years

The Lake District is increasingly being seen as non-farmer friendly

An article in the July 8th edition of Farmers Weekly features fell farmers' concerns over the de-stocking policies of fell land being imposed by Higher Level and Entry Level Stewardship schemes.

First issue of Natural England's Land Management Update

To read Natural England's new newsletter, keeping farmers, stakeholders and land managers up-to-date on Environmental Stewardship and Land Management click here.

New white paper on the natural environment

The Government is to undertake a review of how it can marry its goals of improving the natural environment and increasing food production.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

Ecosystems are critically important to our well-being and economic prosperity, but are consistently undervalued in conventional economic analyses and decision making. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the natural environment in the UK and a new way of estimating our national wealth. It shows how we have under-valued our natural resources.

Plan to slash red tape unveiled

RICHARD Macdonald’s farming red tape task force has challenged the Government to ‘establish an entirely new culture of regulation’ to ease the burden on farmers.

The former NFU director general’s long awaited Farming Regulation Task Force report was formally presented to Farming Minister Jim Paice today.

Containing around 214 recommendations, it lays out a new model of regulation that, if adopted by Ministers, could have a profound impact on the way farming businesses operate in future.

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