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. 

"The Federation of Cumbria Commoners has asked me to express its concerns about the Bill’s failure to provide an effective framework for Government to support its members. Their collective stewardship of common land has helped to create and conserve the landscape, wildlife and archaeology of the Lake district, the Pennines, the Howgill fells and the western dales."

You can watch his speech here

You can also download our letter to Cumbrian MPs

During the debate quite a few MPs spoke up for the common land and Michael Gove said:

“Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet some farmers who farm common land in the Lake district, and the particular work that they and others who farm common land do, to ensure both that traditional agricultural methods continue and that environmental benefits survive and are enhanced, is critical. We can provide for them with enhanced methods of support.”

The farmers were members of the Federation.