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.

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'Scheduled' litter picking resumes having not been supported by Wiltshire Council over the past two months during the third Covid  lockdown. April's litter pick fell on Easter Sunday so the turnout was lower than usual. This was also the first weekend following the relaxation of Covid rules on meeting outdoors; the 'group of six' or 'two arseholes' rules came into force last Monday, 29th March 2021. I'm not sure about that second rule, maybe I misheard but there are certainly some arseholes out and about these days. In Boxfields Road, Dave encountered a family of four whose senior member trumpeted "Get out of my way"; he should learn that such arrogance is not tolerated in Rudloe.

 

The title picture shows a quiet Bradford Road with the first of many McDonald's cups found today. The same mentality that believes that queueing for a McDonald's onto a busy roundabout and then onto a major arterial road (the A350) is acceptable, is also that which believes that chucking your detritus out of the car window is acceptable. But things are about to get worse, both on the A350 and our verges, as a new KFC (Kentucky Fried Crap) will open shortly at the 'McDonald's' (formerly Chequers) roundabout. 

Extreme social distancing on this first litter pick following the third Covid lockdown sees Derrick, John, Gordon and Meg waiting for 'the off'. Dave is unloading the Easter eggs, Mike has already departed so with yours truly we are the Magnificent Seven.
Meg cuts a lonesome figure heading off down the Bradford Road towards Thorneypits
Spring is springing in the Bradford Road on this fine Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021. Thankfully, the Corsham Science Park/Bath ASU monstrosity is somewhat (by design) out of picture to the right.
How the mighty have fallen. The once magnificent ash (see pictures on the Localities/Rudloe page) is now rotting away (a natural process of course) on the Bradford Road verge behind Springfield Close.
A once vibrant, mature hedgerow (see the Localities/Rudloe page and many sub-pages for images of the hedgerow over the years) is now reduced to a sanitized verge to further enable the tyranny of the motor vehicle
Across the road, further sanitization of the natural world thanks to GreenSquare. All the beeches in the woodland here have been stripped of their ivy. The Woodland Trust says "It doesn’t harm the tree at all and supports at least 50 species of wildlife".

The following email has been sent to GreenSquare:

 

Dear GreenSquare,
With regard to the beech woodland at Bradford Road (adjacent to the school and the road) for which you, I believe, have responsibility, why do you continue to cut/kill the ivy which grows on the trees? The Woodland Trust says the following with regard to ivy: "It doesn’t harm the tree at all, and even supports at least 50 species of wildlife" (see: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/ivy/). Photo is attached of some of the subject trees.
Arum lily/lords and ladies/cuckoo pint/dog's cock (and broken wire fence) surrounded by young celandine leaves in the Bradford Road verge
Derrick cleaning up Skynet Drive
The second McDonald's drinks container at the entrance to Rudloe Estate
And the third lot of McDonald's drinks containers in the Bradford Road verge below Rudloe Estate
The miscanthus has been cut! We can now see (unfortunately) Dickens Gate across the field, part of the (eventual) west Corsham conurbation.
The former Bradford Road milestone twixt Rudloe and Pickwick. The cast iron plate showing distances was nicked some time ago. 'Fresh' dog's mercury and ground ivy proliferate on the bank.
The dry stone wall and dog's mercury again. The contrails of passing aircraft caught my eye here.
Blackthorn in the Bradford Road; the chimney of Lovell Stone Group's Pickwick Quarry beyond
Another blackthorn in the Bradford Road; the view this time is westward towards Rudloe
And the next one right this way please - another McDonald's drinks container in the Bradford Road
Enjoying the sun on the new pathway from Redcliffe's Park Place greenfield development to the Bradford Road 'crossing' below Rudloe Estate. (This pathway should extend to Skynet Drive to give safe access to Rudloe Estate and the school)
Young couple using the field edge where a more formal pathway could be laid to enable safe access by Park Place (and Katharine Park) residents to the school, Rudloe Estate (and the community centre!!) and Dickens Gate
Spring springing in the high Bradford Road verge behind Springfield Close
This month's pile awaiting collection by Wiltshire Council (John has not yet returned so his bags are still to be added)
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