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

Natural England's official Q & A on HLS

The last few days have seen significant media coverage regarding the current suspension to the HLS scheme and the confused messages emerging from last week’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Natural England have now finally published their official Q&A which can be accessed here (click on the file) or via their website at:

HLS - still open for business - Natural England

NATURAL England has reassured farmers that the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme is still open for business and urged them to apply to the scheme as normal.

However budgetary constraints mean applications will not receive a start date until April 2011 at the earliest.

A spokesman said: “HLS is not suspended – it remains open for business and farmers are encouraged to continue applying.”

What the spending review means for farmers

Taken from the Farmers Guardian

Defra has been criticised for a lack of detail on what its spending settlement will actually mean. Here is what we do know:

Defra’s overall settlement

Thousands back campaign to get wool to the Olympics

NORTH East sheep farmers are celebrating the success of a campaign to raise the profile of wool with a special sheep and shepherds event at York Minster on October 12.

Just four months ago they launched a public petition calling on the organisers of the London Olympic Games to provide a showcase for wool.

At the time the aim was to collect around 10,000 signatures, the total has already passed the 11,000-mark, with support coming from both home and abroad.

To sign online - click here

CAP reform 2013: last chance to stop the decline of Europe's High Nature Value farming?

The European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism has recently produced a report 'CAP reform 2013: last chance to stop the decline of Europe's High Nature Value farming?'  This  report argues for the re-targetting CAP support in favour of farming types that are most valuable in terms of delivering public goods and are most in need of economic support to be viable - extensive hill farming using common land is one of these farming types.

MP's to look at the issues facing farming in the uplands

We submitted our evidence and sent them our DVD to watch. We now await the results. If you are interested in following the enquiry see the details below.


Farming in the Uplands

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Committee Room 16, House of Commons


At 3.00 pm                      Commission for Rural Communities

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Committee Room 8, House of Commons

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