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

Hefted - a short DVD from Eden Arts

HEFTED is a film Eden Arts commissioned from Cumbrian production company Dreamtime Films. It is about how people, as well as sheep, feel a sense of belonging to their landscape. It is well worth a watch you can find it here: http://www.edenarts.co.uk/portfolio/hefted/

Woodland Owners Survey

The Independent Panel on Forestry Woodland Owners Survey is now live and can be found at http://www.sylva.org.uk/limesurvey/index.php?sid=44516&newtest=Y&lang=enIt will close on 7th May at 12 noon.

Countryside Code updated

Natural England has recently updated the Countryside Code.

The Code, which applies in England and Wales, makes it clear what the responsibilities are for both the public and the people who manage the land.

Code for land managers

3 sections of the Code are dedicated to land managers:

Know your rights, responsibilities and liabilities

Natural England scraps 50-year vision for uplands

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners welcomes the news that Natural England has abandoned its vision for England's uplands. We look forward to playing a key role in discussions about planning the future of the uplands.

The full story from from Farmers Weekly

New Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of the new Cumbria & North Lancashire Farming, Food & Rural Group set up by Defra. Will Cockbain, former uplands spokesman for the NFU and board member for Natural England will be chairing the Group.

Environment Minister, Richard Benyon said;

“We are giving rural communities a new voice so that their interests will not be neglected by Government as they have been in the past.

News from the committee

What has the Federation achieved for its members in the last year?

The most visible output from the Federation is our newsletter, webiste and the conference at our AGM.

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