After considering the response from LDNPA, our Trustees have agreed that the Foundation for Common Land no longer has any objection to the leasing of Glenridding Common for three years to the John Muir Trust. In fact, the three year lease could provide an opportunity to explore longer term management options for Glenridding Common.
Therefore, if the LDNPA Members agree to the lease the Foundation for Common Land will support the John Muir Trust in the future management of Glenridding Common that incorporates the custom and practice of commoning in enhancing public benefit outcomes.
We believe that there are several ways this could happen e.g. through a Steering Group, as a critical friend, and/or through facilitating participative planning with other parties including the commoners. We also see potential for incorporating awareness raising on commoning into the John Muir Award programme. However we would expect a further public consultation from the LDNPA after this initial three year term before any further agreements are entered into.
To read our full response you can download the letter here.