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

Response from MoD to objections to de-register Warcop Common

We have received a copy of the MoD's solicitor reply to all the representations to their applciation to deregister Murton, Hilton and Warcop commons.

Lake District National Park decides to lease Glenridding common to John Muir Trust

We are disappointed that the Members of the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) voted in favour of leasing Glenridding Common for a three-year term subject to agreement and signing of the lease. Given that the Federation was the only organisation objecting to this proposal, their decision was hardly surprising.

Federation objects to MoD's application to de-register Hilton, Murton and Warcop commons

We have just sent in our objection letter to Cumbria Council. It reads as follows:

Dear Mrs Bainbridge,

Applications to Deregister Common Land: CA14/3: Murton Common (CL76), CA14/4 Hilton Common (CL27) and Burton and Warcop Fell Common (CL122)

Listen to Hilton Commoner on Radio Cumbria in fight for Warcop common

William Patterson, Hilton commoners and Ian Brodie, Open Spaces spoke on Radio Cumbria this morning. To listen go to Ian’s interview is  42 minutes into the show and William’s at 1hr 54 minutes.



The Federation is working with local and national organisations(1) to campaig to stop the Ministry of Defence from destroying a vast area of Cumbria's cultural history.  The MoD wants to deregister three large upland commons(2) and turn them into private land.  We say the deregistration would be unlawful and flies in the face of undertakings made by the MoD, at a public inquiry, to keep the commons registered in perpetuity(3).

Federation objects to Lake District National Park leasing Glenridding Common to John Muir Trust

The Federation has just sent its response to the Lake District National Park Authority consultation on the leasing of Glenridding Common to the John Muir Trust. The Federation is not supporting this proposal.

You can read our full response below.

Martin Curry

Lake District National Park Authority

Murley Moss

Kendal LA9 7RL


Dear Martin,

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