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.


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Well around the Ides of March (15th March) anyway. The title photograph was taken on 12th March 2020 at Marshfield Way, Lansdown. Others were taken between the 11th and 18th March 2020.

Moss on dry stone wall bordering the Rudloe Arms in Leafy Lane - 11th March 2020
Folly Farm above the not-so-dry stone wall towards the brow of Box Hill; Colerne lies beyond - 11th March 2020
Another view of the daffodils in Marshfield Way, Lansdown on 12th March 2020
And yet another view of the daffs this one showing the celandines that cover the hillside here - 12th March 2020
Larkhall and environs from Fairfield with Solsbury Hill and Bannerdown beyond - 12th March 2020
Simon Castens at the Titfield Thunderbolt bookshop in Larkhall. Owing to an excessive damp issue (the basement is flooded), TT will shortly be moving to a dry location close to the toll bridge at Bathampton. Photo taken on 12th March 2020.
16th March - right-of-way BOX107A in Leafy Lane Wood is in quite a state following February's record rainfall (and the rainfall in early March)
Leafy Lane playing fields and an ivy-clad sycamore at the western end of the line of trees that separates the small meadow proposed for use as a natural burial site (planning app. 19/05832/FUL) - 16th March 2020
Here we see that ivy has been cut (by the LLPF organisation) on one of the trees in the line separating the playing fields from the small meadow. It should be clear that ivy supports an extensive range of wildlife (ref the Woodland Trust and others).
Lots of chives on the sunny side of the tree line in Leafy Lane Playing Fields - 16th March 2020
Wild carrot, which is ubiquitous in the woodland, is also found in the tree line - 16th March 2020
In this view of the tree line we see the stumps of many hawthorn trees which were cut down 'illegally' (all trees here have tree preservation orders) by the LLPF organisation. The consequences precipitated the sale of the woodland.
Emerging leaves in the scrub at the northern end of the tree line with Scots pine, ivy and new larch needles providing some colour behind
Ramsons (wild garlic), about six weeks away from flowering, at the northern end of Leafy Lane Wood. The leaves can be used in salads (useful in times of food shortages) - 16th March 2020.
The designated greenfield 'strategic gap' between Corsham/Pickwick and Rudloe is now a Redcliffe housing estate - 18th March 2020
Hudswell - and the destruction of the natural environment continues thanks to the MoD here. A branch had broken off in the recent storms so, in line with the perverted thinking so prevalent these days, a perfectly healthy tree was cut down - 18th March 20
Spring is sprung in Pockeridge (Pockeredge) Drive on 18th March 2020 with primroses and daffodils
Woodland to the north of Pockeridge/Pockeredge Drive - 18th March 2020
Pockeredge Drive and a patch of yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) whose lovely yellow flowers will soon emerge - 18th March 2020
At the eastern end of Pockeredge Drive, the mysteries of drainage here continue to confound - what is this manhole cover doing atop a mound?
The eastern end of Pockeredge Drive, Tramways beyond, and evidence of the wettest February on record remains - 18th March 2020
I guess that this ridiculous paraphernalia in Pound Mead, which might see half-a-dozen cars per hour at most, has been implemented because of the prevailing litigation culture (if it wasn't put in place and an accident happened ...) - 18th March 2020
Now this is just bloody weird (excuse my French) - it's almost as if a tarmac flow has emerged from a Pound Mead tarmac volcano. How is this state of affairs going to be settled? 18th March 2020
Pound Mead and the culvert junction for the flows from a. the aqueduct that crosses the railway, b. the drain from Pockeredge Drive and c. the drain from Tramways and other roads. I guess that, somehow, this flow ends up in the Ladbrook.
A muddy moonscape in the Boyd's Farm fields above Gastard - 21st March 2020
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