Common Land: Cumbria

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Forestry Commission England, (b) Natural England and (c) the Rural Payments Agency on the mapping of the (i) number, (ii) location and (iii) expected removal date of temporary fences erected in Cumbria.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department does not collect data on the number, location and planned removal date of temporary fences erected on common land in Cumbria; neither does it keep a map of temporary fences on commons. No discussions have taken place between the Department and its agencies on the mapping of temporary fencing erected in Cumbria.

As part of its work with the Lake District National Park Partnership, Natural England has worked with partners to develop a searchable website showing temporary consented fencing on common land in the Lake District, which will be publicly available through the Lake District National Park Authority.

Natural England also carries out a programme of aftercare visits on agri-environment agreements to provide agreement holders with advice on how to manage their schemes to achieve the outcomes.

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