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

Sign the Petition to prevent the MoD removing Cumbria fells from the Commons Register

We urge everybody to sign the petition to prevent the MOD removing Murton, Hilton, Burton and Warcop fells from the Commons Register. This petition has been set up by John McDarren secretary of Hilton commoners.

The MoD are wasting everybody’s time and tax payers’ money attempting to enclose this common land. They already have unimpeded right to use this land for training  purposes as they have done so for many years. This is another backwards step for hill farmers and graziers on commons.

Brexit & The Uplands: 'Question Time' Panel - Rheged, Penrith

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG (North West) presents a panel discussion:

Agriculture Bill

We are very pleased that Federation of Cumbria Commoners was one of the few local farming organisations that got a name check during the second reading of the Agriculture Bill last Wednesday.  We thank Tim Farron MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale for an excellent speech and mentioning us. 

Update on Public Inquiry to hear MOD's attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells

Our Chairman, Secretary and a committee member attended the first day of  the Public Inquiry on the 13th  September in Kendal. The MoD fielded an impressive legal team. The Open Spaces Society (OSS), as objectors instructed a QC.

Summer 2018 newsletter is out

Our summer newsletter  is out:

Contents: 

Public Enquiry to hear MOD's attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells

Cumbria County Council as Commons Registration Authority has decided to hold a Public Inquiry to consider the applications made by The Secretary of State for Defence to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop commons. They have appointed Alan Evans from Kings Chambers, Leeds to conduct the Inquiry. It will open at Kendal County Hall, Busher Walk, Kendal LA9 4RQ at 10 am on 13th September 2018. The Inquiry is due to close on 14th September 2018. Anyone can attend the Inquiry.

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