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Common Land Toolkit

These documents provide practical guidance for those involved with common land which remains under practical agricultural management by farmers and commoners. They can be used by practitioners seeking the sustainable management of commons to provide the widest possible range of public benefits.
 
The documents provide background information on commons, technical and legal aspects relating to commons and defining or constraining their management, and help for those involved with management.The toolkit provides 20 Fact Sheets and Guidance Notes.
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Defra Uplands Policy Review

The conclusions of the Uplands Policy Review were launched at Newton Rigg agricultural college on March 10th. Caroline Spellman, the Secretary of State said:

“England’s upland communities face difficult challenges, as do other remote parts of rural England, yet these are places with a remarkable range of human and natural assets and they can have a bright future. I am determined that these areas will not be overlooked and that is why I will champion their interests right from the centre of Government.

Influential committee of MPs calls government to show a stronger commitment to hill farming and upland rural communities.

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Afairs Select Committee made the call in a report Farming in the Uplands published on Wednesday 16 February.

The report calls on ministers to publish a strategy that sets out a clear action plan for the uplands with practical measures to be implemented immediately. It states that increasing hill farm incomes and efficiency should be Defra’s “first priority”.

Future of Food and Farming

Read the executive summary of the report of the Foresight project, ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability’ published by the Government Office for Science.

Natural England relaxes rules on supplementary feeding to help livestock farmers in AE schemes through the big freeze

Natural England recognises the severe problems faced by livestock farmers as a result of freezing weather conditions and has announced steps today to make it easier for them to feed their animals.

Farmers in agri-environment schemes which normally impose restrictions on supplementary feeding will now be able to give their livestock additional feed to help maintain animal welfare during the cold period. This is a temporary relaxation and takes immediate effect for the duration of the severe cold weather.

Thousands back campaign to get wool to the Olympics

NORTH East sheep farmers are celebrating the success of a campaign to raise the profile of wool with a special sheep and shepherds event at York Minster on October 12.

Just four months ago they launched a public petition calling on the organisers of the London Olympic Games to provide a showcase for wool.

At the time the aim was to collect around 10,000 signatures, the total has already passed the 11,000-mark, with support coming from both home and abroad.

To sign online - click here http://www.countrysideonline.co.uk/wool-petition/

MP's to look at the issues facing farming in the uplands

We submitted our evidence and sent them our DVD to watch. We now await the results. If you are interested in following the enquiry see the details below.

EVIDENCE SESSIONS

Farming in the Uplands

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Committee Room 16, House of Commons

Witnesses:

At 3.00 pm                      Commission for Rural Communities

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Committee Room 8, House of Commons

Lake District World Heritage Bid - Invitation

Cumbria intends to submit a bid for World Heritage Status and the draft nomination document will be available online at the end of September.  Four weeks on from publishing the draft online the Lake District World Heritage Project team will hold an open meeting in Kendal on the afternoon of the 26th October to explain the document in more detail and give people an opportunity to talk to some of the team who have put it together over the last 2 years.

Abolition of the Commons Commissioners

The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has announced that she intends to abolish the Commons Commissioners (22 July) ‘Defra announces changes to arm’s-length bodies’ http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/2010/07/22/arms-length-bodies/

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