General News

General News

Federation has taken another step towards setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria

In late May we submitted an extensive proposal to the Secretary of State to set up a Commons Council for Cumbria.We are asking the Secretary of State to allow Cumbria to establish a Commons Council by order made under Section 27 of the 2006 Commons Act. If the Secretary of State is convinced that we have demonstrated  prima facie (evidence sufficient to prove a particular proposition) substantial support for a commons council in Cumbria, then there are still a number of steps to achieve as follows:

Julia Aglionby, one of our Committee members is appointed to Board of Natural England

We are very pleased to announce that Julia Aglionby, our Executive Director has been appointed as a member of the Board of Natural England.  Julia along with Andy Clements, Teresa Dent and Simon Lyster will join the Board on 14 July 2014. 

Sheep jobs for June

SHEEP JOBS FOR JUNE: Rhidian Jones, SAC Consulting Sheep and Beef Specialist, provided this useful guide for jobs in the month of June in SAC Consulting’s Sheep and Beef News:

Lowther Estates Trust refuses to sign UELS application on Grasmere Common

The commoners of Grasmere Common want to apply to Natural England to deliver an Upland Entry Level Stewardship Scheme (UELS) on their common. But the owner, Lowther Estates Trust is refusing to sign the form so denying them   access to a much needed payment.

CAP Reform Countdown

Defra have issued the first CAP Reform Countdown newsletter.

It constains:

TB and cattle movements on common land

Defra have produced further guidance on TB catle movement controls and common land.

Briefly, if you are in an annual testing area fom 30 June 2014 all cattle aged over 42 days of age must be pre-movement tested before moving to and from common land.

For movements back from the common, farmers can carry out a post-movement test instead to reflect the fact that in most cases, TB testing on common land is impractical and dangerous.

Cumbrian hill farmers fighting for their livelihoods - article in the Telegraph

The Saturday Telegraph magazine published an article on Cumbria Hill Farmers written by Harriet Fraser with photographs by her husband Rob as part of their Landkeepers project.

The article explains how hill farmers ensure their flocks and their way of life are sustainable alongside the maintaining the landscape and environment.

 

Landkeepers - tells about the culture and value of hill farming in Cumbria

Land Keepers is a photographic documentary project that explores the culture and value of hill farming in Cumbria, and considers its place within the context of environmental management. Writer Harriet Fraser and Photographer Rob Fraser have spent two years with farmers in the uplands of Cumbria and share their findings through interviews, images, blog, articles and poems.

Well worth a look.

Commons Registration Service in Cumbria

Defra has chosen Cumbria as a new pilot authority for the implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006. This will allow applications to be made to update the registers with new and historic events, it will also allow the Commons Registration Authority to receive applications to correct errors and mistakes in the registers. Please contact the Commons Registration Service regarding the Commons Act 2006

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.

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