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

Proposal of dedicated support for snow-hit farmers

Rory Stewart MP has been in touch with Farming Minister George Eustice to request the urgent release of Defra funding to subsidise the cost of fallen stock disposal, as the devastating impact of Storm Emma on some farms becomes clear. Defra last relaxed the rules on stock disposal in 2013 due to extreme weather and snowfall; with conditions this week described as “the worst in living memory”, the case for Defra support is clear.

Update on BPS payments on common land

BPS 2017 payments update on common land

Around 8% of the 3834 common land claimants have not yet been paid yet. (This excludes the New Forest commoners who have particular problems with BPS payments). RPA say these claims are held up for non-commons issues and they have to be cleared first before the payment for the common is made.

The most frequent queries from claimants are:

Green light to establish a commons council

After months of waiting we now have the go-ahead from Defra to create a commons council. If all goes well, the Secretary of State will make an Establishment Order this autumn to create the council.

Many commoners’ associations have already told us they do want to join the council. Some of you are still considering your options. This may be your one and only chance to be part of the commons council.

Winter 2017/Spring 2018 Newsletter

Please see our winter newsletter – attached.


  • 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.

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