Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


What is Howard celebrating? England winning their last 16 match in the World Cup? No, it's not played yet. France and Uruguay winning their matches? Perhaps not. No, in fact we're both celebrating a tranquil Bradford Road closed to through traffic. We're celebrating the difference between peace, quiet, birdsong, winged insects buzzing, the scents of summer and the mayhem of constant, racing, noisy traffic.


This was further brought into focus when an idiot in a black Audi A3, reg no. RJ14 FUU, whizzed by us, far too close and far too fast. He was clearly on an urgent mission to the back end of Rudloe Estate as a short while later he came shooting out of the estate on the wrong side of the road and headed off down Skynet Drive.

Just six on the 'pick' today (one has already set off and I'm taking the pic!) but in spite of this and the difficulty of picking litter in the long grass of summer, we managed to collect a fair amount (see last photo)
Viki and Jane set off down the Bradford Road towards Thorneypits thence to White Ennox Lane
Here's that quiet Bradford Road - twas like being back in the 19th century (I remember it well)
And here it is the other way with Howard busy collecting while I'm piddling about taking pictures
Continuing along the Bradford Road closer to Pickwick now and Howard has shot ahead whilst I was idly chatting
The 'Welcome to Corsham' sign is the limit of the litter pick in this direction
A quiet (no traffic) English Sunday morning in Bradford Road with much hedge bedstraw (gallium mollugo) in evidence
Thanks to government policies and local councillors' duplicity, this is the last summer for this lovely meadow at Rudloe. Whilst scores of local people objected to development here, Councillors Whalley (Corsham) and Parker (Box) acquiesced.

This illustrates unambiguously the attitude of Corsham and Box councillors towards Rudloe. Whilst proposed developments in Corsham town or Box village are resolutely resisted, these councillors have actively thrown Rudloe to the wolves by, for example, voting in favour of speculative, greenfield development here (at the March 2014 Northern Area Planning Committee meeting).

Another view of the lost meadow which will now become part of the west Cosham conurbation
Ah yes, back to litter picking but the point of the tirade above is that the loss of such a lovely meadow is far more significant to the local community than the littered state of local verges (Howard waiting patiently in Skynet Drive)
Hedge bedstraw and field scabious amongst the grasses in the Skynet Drive verge
The Skynet Drive verge and field margin with St John's wort and bramble predominating here
Another view of the field margin with cat's tail (grass), St John's wort and a common orchid
Continuing along the Skynet Drive field margin, field scabious now features along with St John's wort and hedge bedstraw
Returning to the litter picking, we are now in the shade of Park Lane trees heading towards Westwells Road
Hitting the litter-free (hopefully) open road in Park Lane in an old jalopy
Audience for Viki and Jane in Boxfields Road (photo by Jane Roberton)

Viki and a big woolly thistle in Bradford Road (photos by Jane Roberton)

Meeting up with Viki and Jane after our 'rounds' (Viki and Jane did Bradford Road towards Thorneypits, White Ennox Lane and Boxfields Road). Rob (Leafy Lane & A4) and Mike (Westwells Road) had already departed after depositing their bags.
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