Lowther Estates Trust refuses to sign UELS application on Grasmere Common

The commoners of Grasmere Common want to apply to Natural England to deliver an Upland Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (UELS) on their common. But the owner, Lowther Estates Trust is refusing to sign the form so denying them   access to a much needed payment.

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners has joined forces with National Trust, the Moorland Association, the Federation of Cumbria Commoners, the Lake District National Park Authority, the Tenant Farmers Association and Robin Milton Chair of NFU Hill & Uplands Group to. We have asked Defra to revise their rules so that taxpayers' money can, and does, get to commoners who wish to undertake good land management, sustain their cultural heritage and the benefits of improved water quality and better wildlife amongst others. We have also sent a letter to the press denouncing the situation. You can download the letter here.

You can listen to a short piece on Radio Cumbria about this issue with Julia Aglionby (from the Foundation for Common Land) and Andrew Fox the manager for Lowther Esates Trust.