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

Shame on the National Trust for breaking up a hill farm in the Lake District

The Federation along with the commoners in Borrowdale, in Cumbria, members of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association, hill farmer tenants of the National Trust, James Rebanks, Lord Melvyn Bragg and many more who have commented about this, and we suspect countless members of the National Trust....is dismayed and worried by the National Trust's purchase of the land and sheep of Thorneythwaite farm, Borrowdale, but not its farmhouse or outbuildings. The valley has lost another working farm and a future opportunity for a young farmer to begin their farming career.

Commoners need to inform RPA NOW if their 2015 payments is incorrect

We have heard from the RPA that not many commoners have contacted them about mistakes in their 2015 payments. If you suspect that your payment is incorrect then you must let RPA know as soon as possible.

You can phone them on 03000 200 301, e-mail ruralpayments@defra.gsi.gov.uk or write to Rural Payments Agency, PO Box 69, Reading, RG1 3YD

RPA to publish information to help commoners understand payments

We received a response from Mark Grimshaw, CEO, RPA to our e-mail on July 27th. In brief he acknowledges our concerns and as usual tells us that RPA is working hard to get the payments right.

If you think that you haven't been paid the right amount then you must get in touch with RPA as soon as possible.

Summer 2016 newsletter out now

The summer edition of our newsletter has been sent out to all our members. You can download a pdf version of the newsletter here.

The wheels of government work slowly - long awaited response from Defra

Tim Farron MP took up our cause and also forwarded our letter dated 25th April 2016 to Liz Truss, the former Secretary of of State for Environmental and Rural Affairs. He received a reply nearly 3 months later.

BPS 15 payment concerns

We are hearing concerns from you about BPS 2015 payments. There are still a few commoners who haven't received a penny. While many of you will have received some or all of your payment, most farmers are not clear how the payment is made up, and whether it is accurate.

We know there is substantial variation amongst fell farms in terms of their commercial performance, most fell farmers farming common land could not survive in their present form as a commercial business without public payments.

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