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.
The August 2022 heatwave which ended with a torrential downpour on 16th August had lasted for about ten days. The temperature peaked here in the south-west at about 34 degrees (93 degrees Fahrenheit). This followed the driest July since 1935 when there was a record UK temperature at Coningsby, Lincolnshire of 40.3 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The fields are looking a tad dry but, interestingly, no drier than in July 2018 - see photo of the By Brook Valley below and compare with the photos of the By Brook Valley taken on 27th July 2018 here: high summer - Jul 2018. The title photo is a bit of a 'by the by' shot - it shows one of the many horse chestnuts in Cross Keys Road afflicted with leaf blight causing brown spots and yellow discoloration. Whilst this causes the discoloration shown in this and other photos below, it appears to have no long-term effect on the life of the tree.
The following gallery shows the afore-mentioned horse chestnuts in Cross Keys Road suffering from leaf blight. The penultimate photo is reproduced below the gallery as it shows that one tree seems to be suffering less than the rest.