The Federation of Cumbria Commoners AGM

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is holding its AGM on Friday 8th March from 1.45 – 4.00 pm at Newton Rigg. The theme will be “Preparing for post Brexit whatever it looks like.“


There are many uncertainties facing hill farming and commoning. The Agriculture Bill is proposing phasing out BPS from 2021-2027 and the introduction of a new Environment Land Management Scheme to replace BPS and existing Stewardship Schemes. The average hill farm is heavily supported by these payment and in most cases they make the difference between a little or no income. So what will happen to hill farming when  BPS goes in 2028?


Chris Clark of Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire Dales  will be talking about coping with change and managing uncertainty. After analysing hill farm business income data, including his own farm, he has come up with a number of challenging and thought provoking recommendations. David  Morley from H & H Land & property will be providing guidance on how to deal with the RPA’s mapping errors on commons.