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!

 

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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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1995 Tree Preservation Order for woodland and individual trees in Leafy Lane Playing Fields (see February 2015 article below)

May 2017 and another miracle unfolds at Rudloe Fiveways. The images below are of the tree at the top of Westwells Road, inside the ex-RAF Rudloe Manor No. 2 site (not exactly Leafy Lane I admit but close enough).

The tree is unusual and remains to be identified but initial research suggests that it is a 'single-leaved ash' (however, the winged seeds of this tree don't quite fit with illustrations of the single-leaved ash's seeds).

The 'single-leaved ash' (but yet to be formally identified) in March 2017
Closer view of the winged seeds in March 2017
View of the single-leaved ash on 23rd May 2017
Close-up of leaves and winged seeds on 19th May 2017

29th October 2016 - The Miracle of Leafy Lane. For unfathomable reasons, I have walked past the tree opposite the entrance to Springfield Close (in the Wessex Water compound) hundreds of times without taking too much notice of it. However, I do believe it is an elm and as only a few elms survive around the country, this could be the Miracle of Leafy Lane (if I am right). Familiarity breeds contempt maybe.

Elm leaves are quite distinctive, with serrated edges and pointed ends - the photo below shows leaves on the Leafy Lane tree:

29th June 2015 - Bath asparagus in flower in Leafy Lane Wood

 
The Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre website says the following of Bath asparagus:
'Population numbers: occurring widely across Europe, in particular throughout the Mediterranean. In the UK the greatest numbers are found in the Bath area, this being close to the centre of its UK distribution with the concentration of colonies spreading into Wiltshire where four Protected Road Verges in Wiltshire have been designated due to their population of Bath asparagus. This very restricted distribution, exacerbated by its large seeds which make dispersal difficult, has led to Bath asparagus being recognised as a nationally scarce species in the UK and also protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981)'.

4th June 2015 - Gill Cook has provided some enlightenment (to me) regarding three plants, not mentioned in Mrs Wooster's lists, which are growing in Leafy Lane Wood. These are Star of Bethlehem, Bath asparagus and sanicle. Star of Bethlehem belongs to the same family as Bath asparagus (which is also known as wild asparagus, spiked Star of Bethlehem, Prussian asparagus, ...). Bath asparagus has, apparently, become quite rare owing to loss of habitat; however it appears to be thriving (relatively) in Leafy Lane Wood. The sanicle in the photo has almost 'gone over'; the flowers, at their peak, are in the form of small umbels (look it up!). In times gone by, sanicle was widely used as a vulnerary (look that up too!). Photos follow - more photos of flora in Leafy Lane Wood can be found in the various galleries here: http://www.rudloescene.co.uk/localities/rudloe/

February 2015. A rudloescene reader has asked for the Tree Preservation Order information for Leafy Lane Playing Fields to be published as most local people are unaware of it. The files below show the order itself dated 1995 (also shown in the title picture above) and the two schedules, one for the woodland and the other for individual trees (note that 2 No. poplars in line G1 are misidentified - they are whitebeams)..

 

The requirement to publish has come about as Leafy Lane Playing Fields Ltd in early February 2015, has been removing scrub in the line of trees labelled G1 on the TPO. Unfortunately, during this removal work six of the hawthorns in the 'individual tree' schedule have, effectively, also been removed. Locals who were involved in the setting up of the TPO through the Rudloe Action Group (RAG) in 1995 were now (in 2015) bound to involve Wilts County Council (the enforcement organisation) in order to try to put a halt to the removals.

 

Contact details for the Wilts CC officer responsible are as follows:

 

email: David.Wyatt@wiltshire.gov.uk

phone: 0300 4560100 ext. 16762

 

Another useful contact is/are 'Wiltshire tree wardens' here: http://www.wiltshiretreewardens.co.uk/contact.html

Mrs Wooster's flora and fauna lists

 

Mrs Wooster, who lived at Rudloe House in Leafy Lane, was very interested in wildlife. She produced lists between 1982 and 1994 of the flora and fauna seen in Leafy Lane Wood and elsewhere; the lists are shown below. I have been presumptious enough to produce a 2010 update of her lists, shown at the end.

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Carnage in Leafy Lane

 

Mrs Wooster would be distraught at the carnage of Leafy Lane flora. The beeches, shown below, were the subject of tree preservation orders (TPOs); there were many trees on the east side of Leafy Lane with TPOs, now there are just a handful.

 

The limes, I believe, were considered a litigation risk by shedding leaves into the road! Leaves! Off with their heads!

 

The most criminal act though was the felling of a magnificent ash (also with TPO) at the entrance to Kidston Way. As usual, if asked to investigate the health of a tree, a tree surgeon will find problems. Find me a tree without problems! Nice work if you can get it.

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