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

Update of Common Land Environmental Stewardship Supplement: Natural England

Natural England have updated the 'Common Land and Shared Grazing: Supplement to the Environmental Stewardship Handbooks' September 2011

This supplement contains important additional information which should be read and understood by applicants to Environmental Stewardship (ES) in respect of common land and shared grazing, before an application is submitted. This document supplements the 3rd edition of the scheme handbooks and provides important additional information about making an application.

To download the updated supplement and application form click here:

The Federation's principles for SPS on Commons Post 2013

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of the Defra Working Group on Post 2013 Pillar 1 support on commons. After much debate at our last committee meeting we have issued a paper setting out our guiding principles - see below. However we recognise that this is a fast developing area and our ideas may change as and when other details of post 2013 reform come to light.

Let's not rush into change on our uplands

The July issue of Cumbria Farmer has an article from Julia Aglionby, one or our committee members. In this article Julia considers Natural England’s target to see 25% of the uplands wooded by 2060.

Julia believes that a sudden increase in woodland planting is not sensible or practical for the following reasons:
• The current stewardship schemes on commons are not fit for the task, as woodland establishment requires sheep exclusion for 20 – 50 years and Natural England can only offer payments for 10 years

The Lake District is increasingly being seen as non-farmer friendly

An article in the July 8th edition of Farmers Weekly features fell farmers' concerns over the de-stocking policies of fell land being imposed by Higher Level and Entry Level Stewardship schemes.

First issue of Natural England's Land Management Update

To read Natural England's new newsletter, keeping farmers, stakeholders and land managers up-to-date on Environmental Stewardship and Land Management click here.

New white paper on the natural environment

The Government is to undertake a review of how it can marry its goals of improving the natural environment and increasing food production.

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