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


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,

Foundation for Common Land say RPA pay BPS 2015 top ups to over 2200 Commoners

We have received the following press release from the Foundation for Common Land

The RPA has now made top up payments to over 2200 commoners for their 2015 BPS. Last October it became clear that significant corrections were required to the control data held by the RPA for common land. A major project was launched by the RPA in late November to remedy the situation following undertakings made by the RPA to the Efra Committee.

The Federation opposes MOD's latest attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells

Last week Cumbria County Council sent out the applications from the Ministry of Defence to de-register Hilton, Murton, Burton and Fells.  

This is a rather long, complex, confusing and tortuous story.  In essence the MOD are saying that because all the commons rights were extinguished by a Vesting deed on 31st March 2003 the land ceased to be common land and they want it to be removed from the Register.

More commoners' associations have expressed an interest in being part of a commons council

The list of commoners' associations interested in being part of a Commons Council is growing and now includes:

Buttermere, Brackenthwaite and above Derwent Association

Bampton Commoners' Association

Crossfell Commoners' Association

Stainmore Regulated Pasture

Winton & Kaber Regulated Common

Langstrath Commoners' Association

Ravenstonedale Common Graziers Association

Report from our sucessful and well attended AGM

Over 60 people attended our AGM last Friday and thank you to everyone who attended and made it a successful event.

After the AGM business we heard from two speakers.

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