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.

 

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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/

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Delayed by a week from 4th to 11th October 2020 owing to incessant rain over the 3rd/4th weekend, we were in luck with the weather for the October litter-pick. The title picture, taken in the Bradford Road shows the trunks of ash and wych elm trees with hawthorn leaves and berries.

Socially-distanced gathering awaiting the off with Brian, John, Madeleine, Derrick, Rod, Lorraine and Gordon; Mike is out of picture. Who shouted "You won't take me alive copper" to the passing MoD policeman?
Less socially-distanced now with the arrival of Dave and the kit at the entrance to the Wessex Water reservoir in Boxfields Road. When we 'take back control' after Brexit, the Malaysian-owned Wessex Water will, of course, revert to British ownership.
Any litter present is difficult to see in the replete (with wild plants) Bradford Road verge but what a wealth of flora we have here. The large patch of greenery in the foreground is one of the 'up to twenty-four' species of mint.
Here, in the Bradford Road verge, is a patch of fresh-looking comfrey. As with many plants, comfrey has medicinal uses which include poultices for bruises, sprains or even broken bones.
Still in the Bradford Road verge, here we have an unusual patch of nettles with dark, or black, stems. Nettles have a wide variety of culinary (tea, soup, wine) and medicinal (arthritis, circulation, diabetes) uses.
Back to litter picking in the Bradford Road. That's Rich ahead but there's not a great deal here as Brian and John have already passed this way.
Unidentified (it's difficult) fungus on tree stump on the Bradford Road verge opposite the entrance to Skynet Drive. Easier to identify is the tree itself from the location of the stump - this was an unusual weeping ash (see photos in Localities/Rudloe).
Maple, with beech beyond, at the entrance to Rudloe Estate. There was a 'wild' hedgerow here until a few weeks ago in front of the bare fence now visible. 'We' have guessed that the GreenSquare organisation was responsible.
Ash and blackberry in the Skynet Drive (Airbus, which operates the Skynet satellites has a base here) verge with miscanthus beyond.
Cotoneaster in the Skynet Drive verge with miscanthus and Bradford Road trees beyond. The 'track' in the field here has been a favourite location for the lobbing, from the road, of beer and cider cans. Much diminished now with the closure of local shops.
Maple in the Skynet Drive verge
Triple-trunked ash with moss and iron fence in the Skynet Drive verge
Autumn colours in the Skynet Drive verge
The track in the miscanthus field that runs parallel to Skynet Drive; Salisbury Plain, in the region of Imber, in the distance
Passing litter-picker in Skynet Drive
Oak sapling in the Skynet Drive verge with ash beyond
One of two bags collected thus far; the Skynet Drive verge (note the double kerb!), miscanthus and Park Lane trees beyond
Another unidentified fungi, possibly a blewit, in the Skynet Drive/Park Lane verge
The 'strategic gap' twixt Corsham and Rudloe (ref all local plans) is now packed with houses completely out-of-character with a small Cotswold town. Mr Gibbons was, apparently, short-changed here (only £5m for 30 acres); sow-thistle in the foreground.
Litter-hunting in the miscanthus on the Rudloe-Hudswell right of way (CORM72)
More litter-hunting in the miscanthus (gets to quite a height!)
A new footpath, made by Redcliffe, for residents of Park Place to access Rudloe Community Centre (when it reopens). You cruise up the path in third gear, select reverse into the little lay-by, then first gear for the Bradford Road crossing.
In third gear on the Rudloe Community Centre Highway, we find a litter-hunter searching the Bradford Road hedgerow
The Bradford Road around the entrance to Rudloe Estate. No wealth of verge flora here as Wiltshire Council has stripped them of the plethora of plants which we found in the verge beyond the bend. Global warming, carbon storage - forget it.
The result of Wiltshire Council's cutting back and verge destruction in the Bradford Road - trimmings (ash here) stuffed on top of the remaining wild plants in the hedgerow. What grew here? Do they know/care?
Beech at the entrance to Rudloe Estate and half a litter-picker; the controller's Land Rover waits at the roundabout
Fred Scuttle, Dave and Rich with a bootfull of filled black bags - black bags matter. Photo courtesy of Martin King.
October's haul - looks like thirteen bags. Wiltshire Council will collect on Monday morning.
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