General News

General News

Do you know what a moorland habitat in good condition looks like?

At the Cumbria Grazing Forum meeting this month we were shown pictures of moorland that Natural England say are in good condition. These will be used for the self-monitoring scheme on Kinnisde common. This document is valuable, but The Federation believes it is partial. The most obvious question is 'in good condition for what/whom?' There is no mention of the condition relative to grazing.

Hill Farming Training Scheme launched

The Federation has been working closely with the Foundation for Common Land to deliver this unique project teaching conservationists about the work of hill farmers. It aims to close the void between farmers producing food and experts who focus on the environment.  

New director of the National Centre for the Uplands wants farmers to be more valued

Julia Aglionby (who is a committe member of the Federation) spelt out her vision for the National Centre for the Uplands in an article published in the November edition of the Cumbria Farmer. Julia aims to create a bridge between farmers and people with an interest in the uplands. "The Centre will be very much about partnerships and networking with farmers feeling like they are leading the process and the next generation of hill farmers will be really capable of leading discussions on land management for the hills".

No 'black hole' on CAP reform, pledges Brussels

Taken from Farmers Weekly 7th November 2012

Special measures could be introduced to stop farmers from falling into a bureaucratic black hole caused by delays to CAP reform.

Common Land Coalition seeks implementation of the 2006 Commons Act

A group on 16 diverse countryside bodies, including the Federation of Cumbria Commoners,  concerned about the future of English Common Land have jointly written to Minister, Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and have had a further letter published in The Times.   The Common Land Coalition claims that commons constitute some of England’s finest assets.  They point out that there are 7,000 commons in England, covering nearly 400,000ha.  Found in all areas from remote uplands to our larges

Federation committee member has been appointed as the first Director of the National Centre for the Uplands

Congratulations Julia

Askham Bryan College has appointed Julia Aglionby as the first Director of the National Centre for the Uplands to drive forward the College's vision to create a focus for excellence and a national forum for debate on this important sector of agriculture and the countryside.

Bracken Control Newsletter October 2012

Bracken Control Newsletter :17 October 2012

Bracken Control - BBC Farming Today

Geoff Eyre provided a farming perspective from the Peak District and I provided an overview about Emergency Authorisations on the Farming Today programme that was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 05:45 this morning.  It was hardly earth-shattering stuff, but the programme is available on the BBC iPlayer until 23rd October.

Oxfam report says hill farmers go hungry to feed livestock

A report by Rose Regeneration and UTASS has revealed how hard pressed farming families are going without food so they can afford to feed their livestock. Cash flow problems have forced many hill farmers in the English uplands to take drastic action – from cutting back on the weekly grocery bill to slashing input costs.  The ‘challenges facing farmers’ study was funded by Oxfam and took an in-depth look at the lives of 20 farmers over a nine month period.

Latest Bracken Control Group Newsletter

The September edition of the Bracken Control Group newsletter is available:

Bracken Control - BBC Radio Wales

The Country Focus programme, broadcast on Radio Wales at 07:00 on Sunday 23 September, included interviews with Mike Davies, while working with a helicopter spraying bracken and with me to provide a national view.  We got 12 minutes of coverage and the programme is available on iPlayer until 30 September.

Hill Farming Training successful 'dry run' day

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