Summit to Sea - O'r Mynydd i'r Môr
Summit to Sea- O'r Mynydd i'r Môr in Welsh - is a five-year collaborative project which aims to restore a flourishing environment and economy across mid Wales by offering grants and support to local businesses and organisations that share the vision.
We’re hugely proud to have helped get Summit to Sea up and running. It’s an inspiring project about restoring nature, benefitting rural communities and supporting the local economy – on a scale never seen before in Britain. We hope it will be a tremendous success.
The project aims to connect a nature-rich area stretching from the Pumlumon massif to the Dyfi estuary and into Cardigan Bay, boosting the local economy through opportunities for new and varied nature-based enterprises and forms of production.
The venture could help boost populations of native wildlife such as pine martens, horseshoe bats and lobsters, with the restoration and expansion of globally important habitats such as montane scrub, blanket bog, grasslands, coastal saltmarsh and living reefs.
Types of initiatives that could benefit from funding through the project include anything from establishing socially and economically beneficial nature-based businesses, to working with farmers to develop ideas for land management. It is hoped that applications for the grant scheme will open in autumn 2020 following a robust community consultation period.
Rewilding Britain played a key role in securing £3.4 million for Summit to Sea in 2018, and then played a short-term role leading the project’s formation before moving away from involvement in the project partnership in October 2019.
The Cambrian Mountains region has a rich cultural and natural heritage, but – along with the rest of Wales - its wildlife is declining and it faces economic uncertainty post-Brexit.
Summit to Sea wants to tackle these challenges by working with the community to help enhance the landscape, farming and the local economy – allowing nature and business to thrive.
The initiative is not about telling people what they should do with the land, nor about purchasing land. Its priority is to work together with existing landowners, and those who work and live locally, to support action for a sustainable future while supporting traditional farming and local businesses.
The Summit to Sea partners are Marine Conservation Society, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, PLAS Marine Special Area of Conservation, RSPB, The Woodland Trust, WWF, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
If you would like to see more projects like Summit to Sea being funded and set up, please support Rewilding Britain.