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.


1st August 2021 and the litter is hard to find in the verdant verges but rather a verdant verge than one severed to within a centimetre of its life. From a study in sciencedirect.com (the study may be found in the .pdf file below) we find such things as: It is thus surprising that verges are often excluded from studies assessing the value of urban greenspace, especially as they can support considerable biodiversity AND Roadside vegetation is particularly beneficial for enhancing air quality due to its proximity to traffic AND the importance of maximising road verges contribution to mitigating flood risk AND SO ONOnly last month we found a previously unseen orchid in the Bradford Road verge. The title picture and other pictures in this article illustrate the flourishing Bradford Road verge.

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The troops gather ready for the off. A low turnout this month thanks to holidays but pictured we see: Derrick, Rod, Madeleine, Meg and Gordon. Mike has already departed so with yours truly, that makes seven.
A sign of the times at Rudloe Fiveways
Halfway Firs beyond the ragwort in the, as yet, undeveloped 'gold mine' (see articles elsewhere) field below Rudloe Estate
The bottom end of Long Close Avenue beyond the 'gold mine' field
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?
Can you tell what it is yet?

On Friday (30th July) we passed the McDonald's (formerly Sainsbury's, formerly Chequers) roundabout in Chippenham twice (outward and inward). On both occasions, there was a tailback from the McDonald's drive-thru counter onto the roundabout and up the A350. On the outward leg, an articulated lorry having been queueing in the McDonald's lane, realised what was going on and, attempting to pull out, was straddling both lanes. Hardly surprising then that the morons responsible for this then chuck their detritus out of their vehicle windows when passing Rudloe (and anywhere/everywhere else).

Rod, having 'done' Park Lane and Skynet Drive heads for Rudloe Estate on the new toucan crossing (using common sense by NOT pressing the crossing button unlike a lady who crossed earlier and, on an empty road, pressed the button - baaaaah).
Field scabious (and yarrow) twixt the new toucan crossing and Skynet Drive
Apart from McDonald's detritus, another very common litter item is this RIZLA menthol chill infusion wrapper. There were scores of these infusing the Bradford Road verges (both sides).
A 'Stella' can in the Bradford Road verge

Around the turn of the century, the United Nations undertook a worldwide water quality survey encompassing 122 nations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. The country that had the worst water quality in the world was a First World country, Belgium. On BBC World Service, the interviewing journalist expressed surprise to the UN representative that a First World country was at the bottom of the pile. The problem was, apparently, industrial pollution and agricultural run-off. And on my cycling exploits around the Mons area of Belgium over many years, an abiding memory was and still is the smell of stagnant water.


Anyway, to the point ... Some years after this survey, there was a Stella Artois ad on British TV which included the line "made with the finest Belgian water" along with an image of a running stream.

And another common item is the empty pill sachet. This one contained Tramadol Hydrochloride, a prescription medicine, which apparently may (may!) be used to give a 'high'.
And talking of drugs, here we have the Dickens Gate development
Madeleine and Derrick returning to base, along Leafy Lane, with their hauls
This months haul, a modest seven bags (seven pickers - seven bags) to be collected by French company idverde (taking back control) on Monday
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