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

AGM and Annual Conference


AGM and Conference 2017, 3rd March 2017; 1.30 – 4.00 pm,Caldbeck Room, Newton Rigg, Penrith.

All members are cordially invited to attend our AGM and Conference.


1.30 pm

RPA to provide specialist phone help for Commoners

We've received the following press release from the Foundation for Common Land.


Well attended meetings on establishing a commons council

We've now held three well attended meetings for the Chairmen and members of local commoners' associations about commons councils, their functiond and roles, what we need to do to establish one and how much it might cost to run a council.

For information on Commons Councils

You can read the presentation given at these meetings by clicking on the link below.

Debate on Hill Farming at the House of Commons last Thursday

Taken from Hansard Online

Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland) (Lab)

3. What assessment she has made of the potential effect on hill farmers of the UK leaving the common agricultural policy.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Andrea Leadsom)
Happy birthday, Mr Speaker.

Meetings to discuss starting a commons council

A considerable number of chairmen of commoners’ associations all over Cumbria and Northumberland are showing an interest in starting a commons council. As a result we are planning a series of meetings to explain more about what a commons council can and can't do, hear the view of commoners and gauge whether there is sufficient interest to take this further.

RPA say they have paid 70% of commoners some of their BPS 2016

We have heard from the Foundation for Common Land (FCL) that the RPA have made substantial progress in paying commoners their BPS 2016.

FCL together with the NFU and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) met with the Rural Payments Agency between Christmas and the New Year to monitor progress on paying BPS on common land.

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