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

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

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.

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