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

Future of Food and Farming

Read the executive summary of the report of the Foresight project, ‘The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability’ published by the Government Office for Science.

New defra Common Land Web Pages

Defra has made changes to it web pages on common land. Their pages can be accessed by going to, clicking onRural and Countrysideand thenProtected or designated areas. Alternatively you can use this shortcut:

Proposal for Consultation on setting up a Commons Council

Over 140 people attended the first round of consultation meetings on whether we should establish a Commons Council in Cumbria. They were introduced to the proposal for consultation and asked for their views on the functions, membership, regulations and financing of a Council.

The second round of consultation meetings will take place in the week beginning February 14th. Quite a few local commons associations are going to hold their own meetings in between these two rounds to discuss the proposal. 

To download the proposal and fact sheets, please click here.


Information on Commons Council Consultation Meetings

Twenty local commons associations have expressesd an interest in taking part in the Commons Council Consultation process.

All members, both active and non-active graziers, along with owners and other stakeholders have been invited to attend two meetings. At the first, the draft proposal for the Council will be set out and participants will be provided with documentation to take away and consider. At the second meeting participansts will be asked to vote, via secret ballot, on whether they would like their  CL unit to be part of the Council.

Interview with EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos

A WEEK before he appears at the Oxford Farming Conference Farmers Guardian caught up with EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos and asked exactly how he planned to reform the Common Agricultural Policy. Click here to read the interview


Improving Sheep through Genetics

The UK sheep industry is often criticised for having a plethora of breeds and crosses. In truth, this is down to the varied terrain and climate in which breeds ahve evolved. It is characterised by a stratified three-tier breeding system related to altitude and the quality of grazing. The challenge is to speed the uptake of genetically superior recorded animals and explot new technologies to provide sheep that are more fit-for-purpose.

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