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

Winter 2017/Spring 2018 Newsletter

Please see our winter newsletter – attached.

Contents: 

  • Views from our Chairman – Joe Relph
  • Go-ahead for a commons council for Cumbria with Northumberland
  • A portrait of Crosby Ravensworth Common
  • Post Brexit farming: Keep Cumbria’s Commoners Commoning
  • Uplands and commons policy update

AGM and conference 2nd March 2018 - CANCELLED

Federation of Cumbria Commoners AGM and Conference is cancelled

Cumbrian farmers making their voice heard

It was really good to see the three main sheep breed societies in Cumbria (Swaledales, Herdwicks and Rough Fells) join forces to organise a discussion on the future of farming alongside the Winter Sale of premier in-lamb ewes at Penrith Auction Mart. Even better to see so many farmers staying after the event to hear Tim Farron, MP and farmers’ leaders examine and discuss current and future challenges for the farming industry.

Future of Farming Discussion Forum

Future of Farming Discussion Forum: Sunday 21st January, Penrith Auction Mart

The three breed societies for Herdwicks, Swaledale and Rough Fells invite you to an event at Penrith Auction Mart from 11am on Sunday 21 January 2018. This event will run alongside their Winter Sale with shows of sheep at 11.30am and sale at 1pm.

Go ahead from Defra to establish a commons council

After months of waiting it seems like the Commons Council can go full steam ahead!

Defra have answered our outstanding questions and set out a timetable for establishing a council as follows.

Federation working to resolve BPS mapping errors on commons

Congratulations to Caldbeck Commoners Association for their stoical persistence in calling RPA to account over mapping errors on their common. At their AGM in early December, RPA finally admitted they made  mistakes in mapping the eligible and ineligible areas on the Caldbeck common. The ineligible area of the common has been reduced from  635ha to 53ha - worth around £33.5k per year. The Caldbeck commoners will get their extra payment and entitlements restored from 2015.

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