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.


Leafy Lane Wood - who wouldn't? Spring is sprung in Leafy Lane Wood on 16th April 2022. The title picture shows a maple bursting into leaf framed by one of the three hornbeams at the north-east entrance to the wood (opposite Dandelion Cafe) with a profusion of celandines by the fallen beech.

New sycamore leaves by the main path through the wood
In the wood's central glade where rights of way BOX107A and BOX107B converge
Scots pines at the southern edge of the wood
Emerging horse chestnut leaves with typical bark
Beeches flanked by oaks towards the western end of the wood
The western end of the woodland is now being taken up with burials and interment of ashes. As far as I can see there have been six burials and nine interments thus far. Right of way BOX107A may be seen traversing the area.
Goldilocks buttercups (Ranunculus auricomus) whose flowers look as if they are 'going over' but, according to the literature on the subject, its flowers are often imperfect or missing
Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) in flower (they are delightful). This patch is bounded by the garden fences of Park Avenue and path BOX107A. Supposedly invasive so the authorised survey recommended removal. Could easily be kept in check.
Leafy Lane Long Barrow. This mysterious, 20m x 2m, concrete structure lies to the north of path BOX107A. I thought that the underlying Clift Quarry may have some significance but expert David Pollard (RIP) said that he doubted it.
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