Rooted in Cumbria

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member-led organisation dedicated to promoting commoning in Cumbria. Our overall aim is to maintain and improve the viability of hill farming on common land.

We want this website to:

  • Inform you about new issues in commoning
  • Let you know what we are doing
  • Make our voice heard all over the world and much more

Update on Public Inquiry to hear MOD's attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells

Our Chairman, Secretary and a committe member attended the first day of  the Public Inquiry on the 13th  September in Kendal. The MoD fielded an impressive legal team. The Open Spaces Society (OSS), as objectors instructed a QC.

Summer 2018 newsletter is out

Our summer newsletter  is out:

Contents: 

Public Enquiry to hear MOD's attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells

Cumbria County Council as Commons Registration Authority has decided to hold a Public Inquiry to consider the applications made by The Secretary of State for Defence to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop commons. They have appointed Alan Evans from Kings Chambers, Leeds to conduct the Inquiry. It will open at Kendal County Hall, Busher Walk, Kendal LA9 4RQ at 10 am on 13th September 2018. The Inquiry is due to close on 14th September 2018. Anyone can attend the Inquiry.

Proposal to commons-proof New Environmental Land Management Testing and Trials

We submitted a proposal to Defra to develop and test a commons-proofing tool that scrutinises New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS)  design and delivery so that new schemes enhance rather than undermine traditional fell farming.

Hefted flock project on the Lake District commons and freehold fells

During the year ending March 2017 Mervyn Edwards identified and recorded the location of hefted flocks grazing on common land and freehold fells in the Lake District National Park during the year ending March 2017. This represents a ‘snapshot in time’. He  also recorded the breeds of sheep kept in the flocks and changes that have occurred over the last 25 years or so (since 1990).

Mervyn concuded that the farm visits and discussions with other graziers raised two main issues:

Lake District sheep farming adapting to change - a new report

Mervyn Edwards has written a thoughtful and interesting reflection on his many happy years of working as a ‘Ministry’ (of Agriculture) adviser with sheep farmers in the Lake District. His report gives the reader a brief history of sheep farming, commons and the way of life of the fell farmer. It documents the policy changes (not always positive) he has encountered over his working years and disasters like Foot and Mouth Disease.

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