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

Keep Cumbria's commoners commoning

READ OUR PAPER on what sorts of agricultural policies are needed to keep Cumbria's commoners commoning. We ask HM Government to commit to agricultural policies that support commoners continue grazing the fells.  We have 6 "asks":

RPA plans a new way to inspect commons

The RPA have told us that they have been criticised for claiming areas of common land as eligible that EU auditors consider ineligible. To remedy this RPA have proposed  a 3 year programme of inspections to mitigate against further criticism and disallowance (i.e. paying back money to the EU).

RPA's  aim is to undertake 97% of the inspections work using geospatial earth observation (EO) techniques, also known as remote sensing. This should be better at detecting ineligible bracken/scrub than the current methods they use.

Livestock movements on commons update

Good news for comoners as Defra have proposed to extend the batch recording exemption. They say they will inform all livestock keepers within the annual inventory they mail out this month. 

See attached a briefing from NFU that give more details.


Commons Council may be creeping forward

Very little has happened about establishing a commons council over the summer (that's if we could call it a summer) as I  have been waiting for Defra to respond to some key questions. I’m pleased to report that things now seem to be moving on the commons council front.

Summer Newsletter is now out

Our Summer newsletter has been sent to all our members. We also make our newsletter available for downloading see below.

If you wish to receive a copy in the post, please join the Federation by filling in our mebembership form, also see below.


Minchinhampton Retrospective Compensation Scheme

Many of you will have received letters from the RPA saying that your application for compensation has been successful, or for some, unsuccessful. You should also receive payment and a remittance advice soon. We understand that the RPA will not be able to provide a detailed breakdown of how the payment is calculated.

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