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

Defra Uplands Policy Review

The conclusions of the Uplands Policy Review were launched at Newton Rigg agricultural college on March 10th. Caroline Spellman, the Secretary of State said:

“England’s upland communities face difficult challenges, as do other remote parts of rural England, yet these are places with a remarkable range of human and natural assets and they can have a bright future. I am determined that these areas will not be overlooked and that is why I will champion their interests right from the centre of Government.

Influential committee of MPs calls government to show a stronger commitment to hill farming and upland rural communities.

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Afairs Select Committee made the call in a report Farming in the Uplands published on Wednesday 16 February.

The report calls on ministers to publish a strategy that sets out a clear action plan for the uplands with practical measures to be implemented immediately. It states that increasing hill farm incomes and efficiency should be Defra’s “first priority”.

The Voting has Begun

Your Common, Your Voice

Graziers, non graziers and owners of 29 commons in Cumbria have been sent voting papers. They are being asked if they are in favour of their local Commons Association joing a Commons Council for Cumbria. All voting papers must be returned to Charlotte Raw at H & H Bowe by February 28th.

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is supporting a “YES” vote.  Dave Smith, Chairman of the Federation says;

Future of Food and Farming

Read the executive summary of the report of the Foresight project, ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability’ published by the Government Office for Science.

New defra Common Land Web Pages

Defra has made changes to it web pages on common land. Their pages can be accessed by going to www.defra.gov.uk, clicking onRural and Countrysideand thenProtected or designated areas. Alternatively you can use this shortcut: http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/rural/protected/

Proposal for Consultation on setting up a Commons Council

Over 140 people attended the first round of consultation meetings on whether we should establish a Commons Council in Cumbria. They were introduced to the proposal for consultation and asked for their views on the functions, membership, regulations and financing of a Council.

The second round of consultation meetings will take place in the week beginning February 14th. Quite a few local commons associations are going to hold their own meetings in between these two rounds to discuss the proposal. 

To download the proposal and fact sheets, please click here.

 

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