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

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.

Sheep movements on and off commons

Movements to/from Commons

Defra have been making changes to some of the rules concerning livestock movements.

If you have use of a Common that borders your holding you can register a link between the two. You can then move sheep or goats between the two without reporting those moves.

John Muir Trust now lease Glenridding common

We received the following e-mail from the Lake District National Park Authority

13th December 2017

Dear Viv Lewis


Re: Completion of lease for Glenridding Common to the John Muir Trust


Transitional period for updating commons registers expires in December

The transitional period in Cumbria for updating the commons registers will be ending on 14 December 2017. After this fees will apply ranging from £210 to £400. So get your application in now.

You can read the letter from Cumbria County Council here.

Keep Cumbria's commoners commoning

READ OUR PAPER on what sorts of agricultural policies are needed to keep Cumbria's commoners commoning. We ask HM Government to commit to agricultural policies that support commoners continue grazing the fells.  We have 6 "asks":

RPA plans a new way to inspect commons

The RPA have told us that they have been criticised for claiming areas of common land as eligible that EU auditors consider ineligible. To remedy this RPA have proposed  a 3 year programme of inspections to mitigate against further criticism and disallowance (i.e. paying back money to the EU).

RPA's  aim is to undertake 97% of the inspections work using geospatial earth observation (EO) techniques, also known as remote sensing. This should be better at detecting ineligible bracken/scrub than the current methods they use.

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