New Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of the new Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group set up by Defra. Will Cockbain, former uplands spokesman for the NFU and board member for Natural England will be chairing the Group.

Environment Minister, Richard Benyon said;

“We are giving rural communities a new voice so that their interests will not be neglected by Government as they have been in the past.

“Great business ideas should never be held back by the challenges of a rural location.  These Rural and Farming Networks are making us aware of the problems that local businesses face so that we can tackle them and provide the right opportunities for businesses to grow.”

The Food & Rural Group will bring together people from rural communities, rural businesses and the food and farming industries.  They make a direct link between rural areas and the Government, creating new opportunities to develop better and more targeted policy. 

Each group will also be a vital point of contact in the event of local emergencies – such as flooding – giving advice and information so that the right kind of assistance can be provided to keep businesses running.