The ’Foundation for Common land’ is developing a national project to protect common land on behalf of a broad partnership of organisations. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, ’Our Common Cause’ will be telling the story behind commons. Local people and visitors will discover that while commons appear wild uninhabited landscapes of inspirational value to walkers, they are also managed by commoners with ancient rights of common. You may not see the commoners themselves very often, but you can’t miss their sheep and occasionally ponies and cattle.

Here in the Lake District the ’Foundation for Common land’ is supporting the owners and commoners on three commons, Bampton, Derwent and Kinniside. Together, they are looking at ways to better manage these commons to safeguard their history, cultural heritage of the commoners and the wildlife that depend on them. It will also be helping people to discover, understand and enjoy commons, as everyone has the right to walk on them.

During 2019, it will be working to secure funding to deliver projects and activities over the next three years (2020-2023). It is keen to hear what’s important to you about common land and any project ideas you might have.

Friends of the Lake District is part of a group of organisations involved in a National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Our Common Cause, working with upland commons in four areas of the country including the Lake District.   We would like feedback to ensure that the next stage of the project is informed by as wide a group of people as possible.  We would be really grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to complete the following online survey. Please feel free to circulate the link to others.  Many thanks!