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Rural Yorkshire superfast broadband project Fibre GarDen nets more funding

Villages in the Yorkshire Dales have won a grant to help them build out a fibre broadband network.

The Fibre GarDen project is looking to put in a superfast broadband network to cover the villages of Garsdale and Dentdale.

According to Tony Roberts, one of the people behind the Fibre GarDen project, its recent application to Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development Fund has been successful.

“This is our second successful application which clearly demonstrates the value placed on our project by YDNP and the proven need for fast and reliable broadband connections in Garsdale and Dentdale,” said Roberts. “

Roberts added that this particular grant is to be used as a contribution to initial overheads when the project is up and running, “among other things it will help secure new employment opportunities,” he said.

He said that the project now has 50 per cent of the required funding in place and will meet with another potential backer to acquire a further 17 per cent of funding. He said the project would look to the community to fund the rest of the scheme through a share offer.

The Fibre GarDen project came about after BT said it was uneconomic for it to install a fibre network through the villages. The scheme is looking to raise around £600,000 to construct the network in this picturesque part of the country.

More information about the community project can be found at www.fibre-garden.co.uk.

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