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

New advice service to give farmers a helping hand

Farmers wanting professional advice will no longer have to ring around dozens of organisations before getting through to the right source, said Agriculture Minister Jim Paice as he announced that a new, simpler Government advice service will launch in the New Year.

Defra’s new Farming Advice Service (FAS) will offer a one-stop-shop to farmers needing advice on subjects including cross compliance, nutrient management, competitiveness, and climate change adaption and mitigation.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year

For those of you who haven't seen this DVD before you are in for a treat.
Happy Christmas from the Commiteee

Cumbria Farm Watch - 101 new police non-emergency number

An easy to remember non-emergency police number has being launched today across our region.

You are now able to dial 101 to report non-emergency issues to police such as minor traffic collisions, criminal damage, or if you want to speak to your local neighbourhood officer about an issue affecting your community.

The new number is being introduced in the Cumbria, Cleveland, Durham, Northumbria and North Yorkshire force areas as part of a national roll-out in England and Wales designed to make it easier for people to contact police.

Farm Manager wanted for RSPB farms at Haweswater and Swindale

Are you a forward thinking, experienced, hands-on upland sheep manager? Can you meet the challenge of integrating an upland sheep farm into land management to benefit wildlife and water quality? If so, we are seeking a Farm Manager for a new RSPB/United Utilities joint venture site at Haweswater.

Salary negotiable depending upon experience

Unease about the Lake District National Park Nature Improvement Area bid

This scheme is part of the government's White Paper on the Natural Environment which will select 12 pilot areas across the UK to become part of a three-year plan to improve the natural environment. The Lake District National Park Partnership has been successful in its 1st round bid to deliver a step-up in nature conservation in the Bassenthwaite and Ullswater catchment areas.

The partnership now has to develop a full business plan. If successful they will be allocated about £600,000 over three years.

Federation's latest response to Defra Working Group SPS on Commons

We are a member of the Defra Working Group on CAP reform on commons that is trying to determine the detail of a scheme for SPS on commons. Our core aim is to support and maintain the active responsible management of common land. This is not an easy task and we do not have all the answers.

The key changes we have sought are:
1) Get rid of naked hectares by ensuring SPS is paid on the whole common
2) Ensure money is directed to active commoners whether active through grazing or committing not to graze in an environmental stewardship scheme.

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