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

Meeting with RPA, Friday 25th November

We have had a response to our joint letter from the NFU, CLA and the Federation to Mark Grimshaw, CEO of RPA - see below. We will be meeting Paul Caldwell Operations Director, RPA in Carlisle on November 25th.

NFU will be puting together a number of questions that we want answers to on the day. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.

George Eustice may believe that commoners have received their BPS 2015, but this isn't the case

It was reported in the Cumberland News that George Eustice, Minister of State, Defra told the audience at the Northern Farmer Conference in Hexham, last week that as far as he was aware all commoners had now received their 2015 farm payments. We know that this is not true, but then he may have been misreported.

Today I sent him the following e-mail and I will post his response when I receive it. 

Errors in BPS payments on commons coming to light

The RPA has recently published a pdf showing the BPS eligible areas of English commons and the total livestock units available. It can be found here.

RPA still finds excuses for their poor delivery of BPS 2015 on commons

Our local MP Tim Farron has been working hard on our behalf to get explanations to our questions on non-payment of BPS on common land. See below for the latest round of correspondence.

What England's Uplands provides

Click on the picture to see what the uplands provide.

To see the sources for all the figures in the picture click on the file below.


Mark Grimshaw invited to Cumbria to discuss non payment of BPS on commons

The Federation along with NFU and CLA have sent a joint letter to Mark Grimshaw, CEO RPA asking for answers to a number of issues about payment of BPS 2015 and inviting him to come to meet with representatives of the farming community in Cumbria to discuss the current situation regarding non-payment of BPS on common land. 

The letter:

Dear Mr Grimshaw

BPS payments issues for commoners

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