Green light to establish a commons council

After months of waiting we now have the go-ahead from Defra to create a commons council. If all goes well, the Secretary of State will make an Establishment Order this autumn to create the council.

Many commoners’ associations have already told us they do want to join the council. Some of you are still considering your options. This may be your one and only chance to be part of the commons council.

Is your common on the list?
Want to join the council:
Allendale, Bampton, Birkby, Corney & Waberthwaite, Bootle, Brant fell, Buttermere, Brackenthwaite and above Derwent, Crossfell, Deepdale, Derwent , East Stainmore, Eskdale, Hartley, Hexhamshire, Kinniside, Langstrath, Loughrigg, Moorhouse, Nether Wasdale, Ravenstonedale, Stockdale Moor, West Mallerstang, Winton and Kaber

Interested in joining the council:
Kentmere, Little Langdale, Longdale, Matterdale, Mungrisdale, Rafland & Rosgill Moor, Side fell, St Johns, Tebay, Watermillock, Whernside Great Allotment , Uldale

if your common is not mentioned above and you think it should join the council, then talk to your Chairman and fellow commoners. If, as an association, you are interested in joining, please get in touch. All we need is an e-mail or letter saying your common wants to be part of the proposed council by the end of March.


We hope to see you at an information session and/or our AGM. For details see the events section on this website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Joe Relph our Chairman, any committee member or Viv Lewis, our Administrator. You can find all our contact details on the last page of our newsletter - click on link to open.