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

Summer 2015 newsletter now out

The summer edition of our newsletter is now out.

Contents include:

CAP Reform and common land

Courts say righst cannot be created by prescription

How HLS agreements will be monitored

A portrait of Langstrath and Coombe common

and more ........

You can download it here

Find out about grazing cattle in the uplands

Grazing Cattle on Rough Ground in the Uplands: Thursday 6th August at 4pm

Crosbythwaite Farm, on Ulpha Common,near Broughton-in Furness, LA20 6DY.
Courtesy of Mark and Gillian Fox

Rory Stewart is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs

Portfolios have now been confirmed for Defra Ministers.

One of our local MPs Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Borders) has Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, has responsibility for:

Addicted to sheep

Your administrator, Viv, won two free tickets to the World Premier of the documentary film "Addicted to Sheep" at Sheffield last Saturday. The film is subtitled "one family's quest to breed the perfect sheep".

Defra and NE have updated their guidance on managing common land

Defra have recently updated their Guidance on managing common land - to find out more, go to

Good news: keeping of detailed livestock records postponed till 2016

Defra have decided to postpone their plans to require the increased level of movement recording that we were threatened with last month.  Common sense has prevailed recognising the practical problems recording livestock movements by land parcel caused.  But this is only a postponement to a later date.  

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