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

Damning government report on the failures of the Basic Payment Scheme

Hill farmers and commoners, in particuar, have been badly treated by the RPA. We urge the RPA to heed the finding and recomendations of report from the Public Accounts Commitee released today and not to repeat these mistakes in 2016. The report highlights inexcusable failures for the delay in payments. The summary states that:

Our latest newsletter is out now

Our latest newsletter is out now. As usual it is packed with information about policy and practice on common land as well as looking to the future .....

You can download a copy here

Survey results show flood damage cost Cumbria farmers thousands

Yesterday (10th February) The Cumbria Farm Flood Action Group issued a press release highling the results of the farmer survey. This was picked up by ITV News Border who  produce a short TV piece.You can view it by clinking on this link.

AGM and Conference 2016. Newton Rigg, Friday 4th March starting at 2.00pm

We very much hope that you will be able to attend our 2016 AGM and Conference to be held at the Conference Centre, Newton Rigg. 

The floods and Force Majeure and Derogations

Did you know that you can be formally released from your Environmental Stewardship (ES) commitments where unforeseeable events, such as flooding mean that it is impossible or impractical for you to meet the terms of your ES Agreement.

Force Majeure applies when there is long term damage and you are unable to meet the management prescription required, for example:

Managing sucklers to maximise returns from rough grazing.

The Farmer Network has been monitoring grass quality and cattle growth rates on 10 farms across Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales where cattle were grazed on rough upland pastures over the past season. They will report headline findings so far and focus on how one of the graziers,Alan Tallentire, manages his suckler herd and the rougher grazing at High Griseburn.

Alan’s cattle are commercial Simmental crosses and he has also been breeding some pure Simmentals since the 1980s.

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