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.

 

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Dave and Derrick in the Bradford Road on the 5th May 2019 litter pick with the unfortunate Bellway, 88-home, greenfield development behind. Unfortunate because there is an, as yet, undeveloped brownfield site with planning permission for 180 homes just a quarter-of-a-mile away. In the other title photograph we see Leafy Lane in all its spring glory and the magnificent beech in a Clift Close garden.

Robin, John, Brian, Howard, Rod, Bernard, Lorraine, Madeleine, Derrick, Dave and Pat, with Viki plus Jane & Tom still to arrive, at the Boxfields Road/Leafy Lane rendezvous for this May 2019 litter pick
Dave and Derrick venturing down Skynet Drive with the Bellway earthworks behind on what was, last year, a lovely meadow
Viki seen through the spring foliage of Toghill Crescent's beech
Madeleine taking her life in her hands on the Bradford Road curve below Rudloe Estate (today's drivers were, in general, quite considerate)
The Redcliffe 'strategic gap' estate creeps closer to Rudloe; the 50 affordable homes will, of course, be built closest to the pylon and overhead lines
In order not to lose planning application 15/00712/WCM to the three-year start rule, the mine owner (which, I am told, is now Johnson's of Cornwall rather than Hanson) have dug an arbitrary hole to 'prove' start of work; Halfway Firs beyond
The sight of cow parsley can be better enjoyed in a litter-free Bradford Road
'We' ventured into Pickwick in order to come back up up the A4 which was remarkably litter-free (others having 'picked' as far as Copenacre)
This field 'below' Copenacre remains the only unthreatened (by development) farmland on the arterial routes in west Corsham (Pickwick)
SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) or attenuation ponds are to be found in all new developments; this one at Copenace or Pickwick Court as it is now known. These fashionable pieces of infrastructure may have unintended consequences.
The taxpayer-funded Help to Buy scheme funnels money into the pockets of building companies' shareholders and company bosses whose salaries and bonuses (e.g. Persimmon's Jeff Fairburn and his £75 million bonus) have skyrocketed
Original flats and recent GreenSquare houses in Long Close Avenue beyond a litter-free Bath Road
Wild garlic in flower in a relatively litter-free Rudloe Firs on 5th May 2019
Bovine friends enjoying the handiwork of Jane and Tom at Boxfields (photo by Jane Roberton)
Tom tackling quite a pile of rubbish twixt Beech Road and the A4 (photo by Jane Roberton)
Bernard and John wend their way home as Mike and Millie cross Leafy Lane. The sycamore in the garden of 12 Springfield Close is the only remaining TPO tree (of 11) at the southern end of Springfield Close. The TPO was dated 1970.
Lorraine, Mike, Millie, Rod and Pat remain to wash-up today's issues (one of which is that spring growth is hiding much of the litter)
This month's haul awaits collection at the junction of Boxfields Road and Leafy Lane
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