Gloucestershire Wildlife given an ultrafast boost during filming at The Sherborne Park Estate
PUBLISHED: 14:59 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 06 June 2017
BBC Two's Springwatch was broadcast live from The Sherborne Park Estate in Gloucestershire for the very first time, and a pure fibre broadband network has been provided by Gigaclear, the ultrafast rural broadband provider, to support the filming
The network, which allows for ultrafast speeds up to 1Gbps for both uploads and downloads, has been connected to the Northfield Barn on the estate, cared for by the National Trust, where filming has taking place.
Sherborne Park Estate has a wide range of animals and wildlife, but without the pure fibre network it would not have been possible to reliably stream live footage to television sets around the UK, due to its rural location and poor Internet service.
When contacted by the BBC, Gigaclear did everything possible to ensure the barn was connected in time.
Brett Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer at Gigaclear, said: “We made sure that nothing got in the way of BBC filming. By installing our pure fibre network especially for Springwatch, this old cattle barn is now one of the best connected places in the country!”
Now permanently connected, the Northfield Barn will be used again for filming and is already set to feature on the BBC’s Winterwatch at the end of the year. The National Trust hopes this will encourage more people appreciate the work done to look after and protect wildlife on their doorstep.
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke e presented Springwatch live from Gloucestershire at on BBC2 from May 29. Springwatch Unsprung, which will also be set on the Sherborne Park Estate, and begins at 6:30pm June 5 2017, also on BBC Two.
Gigaclear has already connected over 6,500 properties in Gloucestershire as part of the BDUK Fastershire project, meaning that people living and working in the most isolated areas of the county have access to ultrafast broadband that will transform their communities. Gigaclear now plans to reach a further 3,500 homes and businesses in the region through Phase 2 of the Fastershire project.
Residents and businesses interested in receiving Gigaclear’s ultrafast broadband service can find out more here.