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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

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.

New CRC Upland Report

The Commission for Rural Communities upland report, published today, provides a ringing endorsement of the importance of hill farming to the identity and character of the English Uplands.

Visit to the uplands of northern Spain, May 2010

Three members of our committee were recently invited on a tour to look at common land farming systems in Northern Spain. Our group was privileged to meet a number of farmers and various environmentalists, researchers and administrators with whom they were collaborating.

This project was part-funded by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism as part of their 2010 work programme supported by the European Commission (DG Environment) under the Life+ NGO support grant.

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