A bird’s-eye view of the 21st-century village

Our latest video shows how, with a little help from Strutt & Parker, the Cotswold village of Miserden has been transformed into one of Britain’s most connected rural communities.

Until this year, residents of the Gloucestershire village had high heating bills, poor mobile phone reception and unreliable internet connections. So Miserden Estate partnered with Strutt & Parker to provide sustainable heat and hot water via a biomass heating system, 4G mobile coverage and high-speed broadband to its tenants’ homes and businesses, bringing the village into the 21st century and ensuring its energy security for many years to come.

We decided to tell this story through interviews with the estate owner and Strutt & Parker’s specialists, who explain how they collaborated to bring the project to fruition. With local residents talking about how their lives have been revolutionised, it’s a compelling narrative.

But the star of the show was Miserden itself. We enlisted a videographer to shoot aerial footage using a drone-mounted camera, allowing us to explore the estate from the skies and show spectacular vistas of the verdant Cotswold countryside.

Our ‘eye in the sky’ also gave us assets for the accompanying print feature in Land Business magazine. Still images taken from the drone featured on the wraparound cover and across the opening spread of our feature, resulting in a striking panorama that shows the scale of the project from a unique perspective.

We think this all shows how, through Strutt & Parker’s teamwork, expertise and forward thinking, the sky really is the limit.