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

Full House at our AGM

Nearly sixty hill farmers and representatives from statutory agencies attended our recent AGM held at Newton Rigg, Penrith.

Winter newsletter is now out

Our winter newsletter is now out.


Livestock Movements on and off commons

Defra are currently reviewing their livestock identification and traceability arrangements and are hoping to develop a livestock database (so called LIP project) part of which is looking at moves to and from common land. In late January a number of committee members met Peter Morris (former NSA, CEO) working as a consultant to Defra and Laura Monkman, Defra to talk about the issues. We took them to Crosby Ravensworth common on one of the few snowy days we’ve had so far this winter.  

Dismay at Deregistration of Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells by MoD

We were dismayed that Cumbria County Council has approved the deregistration of approximately 3230 ha of common land owned by the Ministry of Defence at Warcop. The silver lining is that through the efforts of the objectors, 23% of the total area (970 ha) has been saved from deregistration.

AGM 8th March, 1.45pm Newton Rigg



Friday 8th March 2019, 1. 45-4.00 pm at Newton Rigg

Preparing for post Brexit whatever it looks like!


David Morley H & H Land & Property “Dealing with mapping issues on common land”

Chris Clark, Nethergill Farm “Coping with change and managing uncertainty”

There will be presentations and Q & A sessions, followed by a Panel Discussion 

Sign the Petition to prevent the MoD removing Cumbria fells from the Commons Register

We urge everybody to sign the petition to prevent the MOD removing Murton, Hilton, Burton and Warcop fells from the Commons Register. This petition has been set up by John McDarren secretary of Hilton commoners.

The MoD are wasting everybody’s time and tax payers’ money attempting to enclose this common land. They already have unimpeded right to use this land for training  purposes as they have done so for many years. This is another backwards step for hill farmers and graziers on commons.

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