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

Low carbon emissions from upland beef and sheep production

A pioneering project of 20 farms in the Cambrian Mountains has found that local beef and lamb production has some of the lowest carbon emissions in the UK. A report of the study’s findings will be launched as part of HRH, The Prince of Wales Start Festival at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Wednesday 8 September. The study analysed the carbon footprints of each farm, based on their individual farming practices. Factors measured include greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural management, existing land use, and fuel/energy use.

Lake District World Heritage Bid - Invitation

Cumbria intends to submit a bid for World Heritage Status and the draft nomination document will be available online at the end of September.  Four weeks on from publishing the draft online the Lake District World Heritage Project team will hold an open meeting in Kendal on the afternoon of the 26th October to explain the document in more detail and give people an opportunity to talk to some of the team who have put it together over the last 2 years.

Defra Draft Structural Reform Plan

The plan aims to help to enhance the competitiveness and resilience of the food chain to ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare. Secondly, to enhance and protect the natural environment by reducing pollution and preventing habitat loss and degradation.

Abolition of the Commons Commissioners

The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has announced that she intends to abolish the Commons Commissioners (22 July) ‘Defra announces changes to arm’s-length bodies’ http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/2010/07/22/arms-length-bodies/

Fact-finding visit to the south west to learn about commons councils

We were awarded a grant by the Cumbria Community Foundation to cover the costs of four people to attend the AGM of the Dartmoor Commons Council and visit Commoners’ Associations in Bodmin Moor and Exmoor to learn about their plans to set up local Commons Councils.

New statistics on hill farming

Less Favoured Areas (LFAs) England make up 17% of the total farmed area of England.  The average LFA farm is 137ha, half owned and half rented and run by a 55 year old farmer with 33 beef cows and 308 ewes.  His net income including Single Farm Payment, any diversification income and putting a charge on his family’s labour left him a loss of £3354 in 2008/2009. This was an improvement on the previous year when he lost £9,958.

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