About the project

We are here to help deliver change for nature at scale in the heart of Mid-Wales, from the Pumlumon massif to the depths of Cardigan Bay.

The project exists to support healthy and biodiverse ecosystems that deliver economic, ecological and social benefits, through a connected land and sea, appropriate to the local place and culture.

Summit to Sea is about developing collaborative land management ideas for wildlife, across ownership boundaries. This needs a shared, agreed, and inspiring approach to identify and develop benefits across natural resources and land uses.

Watch our short fideo for an introduction to the project. Video by Llais Cymru.

Our progress so far…

We want to make sure that everyone can see how this project has developed, from reading workshop notes to reviewing the emerging vision to inputting into the ideas that will be developed. We’ve created a simple ‘live’ document which attempts to capture this. You can read this below and it will be updated throughout the projects development.

If you have difficulty viewing this document contact us and we can send you a pdf or post you a copy. 



As with all parts of the UK, including Wales, the project area is already under the shadow of unprecedented loss of wildlife and having to adapt to the effects of climate change. The project is an exciting way of approaching conservation working from the ground up, determining what works for communities, businesses and nature, how it can be implemented.

Summit to Sea recognises that solutions to these environmental challenges cannot be found by excluding inhabitants, protecting only small and isolated pockets of wildlife, or disregarding the wealth of knowledge, understanding and concern for the land that already exists in the area. 

The only ethical, just way to turn around environmental destruction is to find ways to work with people. We need to be ambitious and crucially work at landscape-scale. Solutions must be joined up, underpin the local economy, and celebrate the local culture and sense of place.

Our five areas of focus

We are focussing on:

  1. Enhancing riparian and estuarine ecological connectivity
  2. Improving water and aquatic quality
  3. Expanding woodland and native tree cover in the right places
  4. Supporting healthier biodiversity 
  5. Connecting people to nature

… and all underpinned by strong social and economic benefits.

Questions we’re asking

We’ve been talking and listening to a range of people over the last year about what the project could do to achieve this vision. Questions we’re asking include:

  • What type of ‘ideas’ could we explore that will benefit biodiversity? We’re looking at ecological, economic and social interventions which support nature
  • How could we improve connectivity of habitats? 
  • What could we do to support and co-develop the existing nature-based economy in the area?  
  • How can we learn from each other, from other projects, and local historical land and sea management to inform our decisions today?

Over the next year we’ll be firming up our answers to these and looking at preparing ways in which we can test and develop these in practice. 

Project update talk (17 September 2020)

Join the conversation

So, if you’re interested in getting involved with the process do get in touch. You might be a landowner, a food producer, a business owner, a local surfer, a regular visitor, a student studying at Aberystwyth University, a community group or an historian. We want to hear from everybody to make sure our vision speaks of the hopes and aspirations of those directly impacted by the loss of biodiversity and impacts of climate change.

Read the latest news

Sharing the Blueprint

Over the last 18 months the Summit to Sea project has been inviting a wide range of people to take part in co-designing a future where nature and people thrive in Mid Wales. The project has held workshops, talks, drop-in sessions and one to one meetings with hundreds...

Instagram Live – A project update with TAIR

On the 14th February TAIR, the projects artists in residents, hosted an Instagram Live with Sian Stacey, Project Development Officer, about how the project has been developing, and how the co-design process is going. You can watch the discussion, which is in Welsh and...

Exploring a shared vision for our land and sea with the Cambrian Mountains Initiative

During 2021 the Cambrian Mountains Initiative and the Summit to Sea project came together to collaborate on a research project with farmers and other natural resource managers. This research explored: What is the relationship between business and nature currently?...

Developing ideas with farmers and food producers

On the 2nd September, the Summit to Sea project held a workshop for farmers and food producers in conjunction with the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, at Moelgolomen farm, Tal y Bont Ceredigion. The intention was to share the developments of the projects and give more...

How to share your ideas and shape the project

Since May 2020 Summit to Sea has been holding conversations with the communities from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth and Llanidloes in the east to the coastline of Cardigan Bay in the west. These conversations have focused on how the local community, businesses and land...