Committee News

AGM and Annual Conference


AGM and Conference 2017, 3rd March 2017; 1.30 – 4.00 pm,Caldbeck Room, Newton Rigg, Penrith.

All members are cordially invited to attend our AGM and Conference.


1.30 pm

Federation AGM Friday March 6

Conference and AGM 2015 – 6th March 2012 at 1.30 – 4.00 pm at Newton Rigg, Penrith.
Can hill landscapes do without hill farmers?

All members are cordially invited to attend our Conference and AGM.

1.30 pm    Annual General Meeting,
•    Apologies
•    Minutes of the 2014 AGM 7th March 2104
•    Chairman’s Report

George Monbiot meets Cumbrian farmers head-to-head at Federation of Cumbria Commoners 10th anniversary AGM and Conference

Over 100 people attended the AGM last Friday at Newton Rigg. Started by commoners 10 years ago and run by commoners, we have grown steadily over the years. Our membership manages nearly 20% of the common land in England. This makes the Federation a force to be reckoned with and one of the very few authentic bodies speaking for the commons of the country.

The Federation responds to Natural England's call for evidence

The Federation submitted evidence (see below) for the second phase of Natural England's Uplands Review covering the following subject:

Warcop consultation flawed

MOD undertook a public consultation between May and July this year on its proposal to revise two undertakings given in respect of land at Warcop Training Area. The Federation was not invited to take part in the consultation/ comment on the proposals. We heard about it through a solicitor in  Appleby after the end of the consultation period. 

Visitors from Ireland and Wales

The Federation hosted two groups of visitors this summer keen to learn about how we manage our commons. Despite the really wet summer, we had glorious weather for both visits.

News from the committee

What has the Federation achieved for its members in the last year?

The most visible output from the Federation is our newsletter, webiste and the conference at our AGM.

What we have been doing recently

We have been busy over the last six months trying to represent and support the commoners of Cumbria and also learn from what others are doing. Below is a selection of the activities we have been involved with.

Maddy Jago visit

Fact-finding visit to the south west to learn about commons councils

We were awarded a grant by the Cumbria Community Foundation to cover the costs of four people to attend the AGM of the Dartmoor Commons Council and visit Commoners’ Associations in Bodmin Moor and Exmoor to learn about their plans to set up local Commons Councils.

Visit to the uplands of northern Spain, May 2010

Three members of our committee were recently invited on a tour to look at common land farming systems in Northern Spain. Our group was privileged to meet a number of farmers and various environmentalists, researchers and administrators with whom they were collaborating.

This project was part-funded by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism as part of their 2010 work programme supported by the European Commission (DG Environment) under the Life+ NGO support grant.

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