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

Nowt but a fleeting thing

The Guardian documentary, Nowt But a Fleeting Thing, has just launched: a father and son story about the challenges of farming and a changing world in the Russland valley. It’s a beautiful film directed by Dom Bush and made with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Federation's summer newsletter is out

Our summer newsletter is now out and you can download it here:


  • Looking fowards - introduction from our Chairman, Joe Relph
  • The work of the Federation — your voice on the fell and in national and local meetings

  • The National Trust to invest in farming in the Lake District
  • Andrea Meanwell—The Lake District National Park’s new Farming Officer

  • Higher Level Stewardship expiries on commons: is there consistency across the regions?

No Deal: the Door to the Decimation of UK Farming?

Dr. Sean Ricards an independent agricultural economist, formerly of the NFU warns of the potential catastrophic effects of a no-deal Brexit on agriculture in a paper commissioned by the Campaigners for a Second Referendum and published last week. He calculates that more than half of UK farms could go out of business if Britain crashes out of the EU on 31 October. Hill farms are likely to be disproportionately represented as they are very dependent on support payments and 90% of lamb exports currently go to Europe

Hill-Farming, Knowledge and Power

We thought we'd reproduce this blog from Ewan Allison. It's part of his work on Hefted to Hill — a project with seven hill farmers in Co. Durham for the Northern Heartlands Great Place Scheme.

"We had to chuckle.

Changes to RPA Agri-Environment Payment Delivery

The RPA has recently made the decision to change its payment delivery mechanism for agri-environment scheme holders.

Can hill farming be close to being carbon neutral? Lean more

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Farming in Cumbria  – farmer workshop – Wednesday 14th August at Newton Rigg Conference Centre, 7.30pm – 9pm.


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