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

 

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

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#Ten black bottles chucked in a bush, ten black bottles chucked in a bush, and if one black bottle ... These (and the pane) were hauled out of the bushes behind the seat on the corner opposite the Rudloe Arms. Found and photographed by Madeleine Wright during the August 2020 Rudloe litter pick.

Socially-distanced gathering of the Rudloe litter-pickers on Sunday 2nd August 2020 with, from the left: John, David, Rod, John, Lorraine, Derrick, Jan, Dave, Mike, Meg (hidden) and Madeleine; yours truly makes a band of twelve
Rod heading off down the Bradford Road towards Thorneypits
John in the Bradford Road heading east towards Rudloe Estate
John passing that grey monstrosity which has blocked the exceptional view across the Clay Vale to the Marlborough Downs and Salisbury Plain
The two Daves (actually one Dave and one David) in the Bradford Road opposite Bellway's greenfield development which was started in October 2018 and is not scheduled to finish until late 2021 - three years of constant beep, beep, beeping
Dave just couldn't resist tackling this fallen maple - he went back home to get his chainsaw
This was, until recently, a 'live' patch (more like a hedgerow) of Clematis vitalba (old man's beard), blackberry, ivy and other plants useful to wildlife. I would imagine that this destruction is GreenSquare's work.

The poisoned hedgerow has reminded me of recent Internet searches trying to identify tiny flowers growing in our lawn. The 'assumption' made by the search engine was that I wanted to kill the plants I was searching for. The hedgerow in the picture above is just the latest example of our destructive nature - not long back, a sycamore at the 'bottom end' of Rudloe Estate (just a hundred yards along the road here) was felled and the stump poisoned to prevent coppicing (see article elsewhere).

The notice says that the new Rudloe mosaic panel was designed and produced by children from Broadwood School led by Box artist Emma Leith

The text below the sign further says that it was funded by Box Parish Council, Wiltshire Council and the GreenSquare Group and the design, manufacture and installation was by members of the Brunel Shed. A fine sign it is and congratulations to all those involved in its creation but ... (did you sense this coming?) why give Rudloe Estate such an ornate 'village' sign when renowned villages such as Lacock and Castle Combe do not have them? Rudloe Estate was the original (prefab) estate at Rudloe but wasn't the first 'bricks and mortar' estate - this claim to fame goes to the RAF estates off Leafy Lane. And Rudloe Estate is not Rudloe; Rudloe now takes in the other Leafy Lane estates: Springfield Close/Clift Close, Kidston Way/Highlands Close and Ashwood Road/Pine Close.

Communities (or villages) are not created by installing posh signs. Look behind the sign and you will see Rudloe Community Centre completed in 2002 at a cost not far short of £1 million and which that same GreenSquare organisation that part-funded the sign proposes to demolish. How's that for a deal? We will raze your £1 million community centre to the ground and give you a fancy sign that makes you look like a village. Also, the 'green' in front of the Community Centre is, effectively, a village green. It has been here for generations, since the days of the prefab estate, and was designated as Public Open Space in the North Wilts Open Space Study. One-hundred-and-four local people supported the application for Village Green status for the green in 2019. Now the GreenSquare organisation is threatening to build on the 'traditional' green whilst offering the sop of a replacement elsewhere. Another deal! We will build on your traditional green and give you a fancy sign that makes you look like a village.
 

And the sign was designed and produced by children from Broadwood School ... wait a minute, this school is in what now seems to be Rudloe Village (formerly Rudloe Estate) at Rudloe so why isn't it called Rudloe School or Corsham School, Rudloe Site? Would anyone out there care to speculate as to why this is?

Litter? We collected some in the village.

Man at work in the Bradford Road. John, heading back from the outer limits.
Relatively new litter - Rizla Flavour Infusions (wrapper). 'Menthol Chill provides a stronger, more intense flavour' while 'Fresh Mint is slightly smoother and mellower'. This was just one of a number found.
Bradford Road field, owned by Great Tew Estates, next in line for a development proposal
Not easily spotted by passing traffic, but we know, whoever you are
Another Bradford Road field owned by Great Tew Estates for which we will, no doubt, see a development proposal
Mixed shrubs missus? Dave, on a pick-up round, outside Pat Hayes's market garden in the Bradford Road.
Fine ash on the A4 opposite Copenacre. Given our propensity for destruction, this may become a marked archive shot.
'Important view' designated by the North Wiltshire Landscape Character Assessment blighted by the Redcliffe development. However, if and when development in the closer field is proposed (and approved), the blight will be complete.
Post-pick wash-up on the hoof in Leafy Lane with Madeleine and John
This month's haul - thirteen sacks which will be picked up by Wiltshire Council tomorrow
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