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Will minister’s clarification prevent the dominoes falling to the West of Swindon?

Housing development could take place in an arc from Cricklade to Royal Wootton Bassett

With house building at Ridgeway Farm now underway in north Wiltshire, beyond Swindon’s western boundary, housing development could take place in an arc from Cricklade to Purton and Royal Wootton...


Not just the beer flowing at refurbed Swindon pub

Arkell's brewery completes garden makeover to reveal the River Ray running through it

Arkell’s Brewery has completed a makeover of the garden at recently refurbished pub The Runner, by clearing out a formerly overgrown river flowing past the pub to reveal The River Ray, transform...


Get close to wildlife near the centre of Swindon

Guided tours of Swindon Lagoons on Saturdays 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 9 August and 20 September.

There’s a rare chance to visit Swindon Lagoons with Wiltshire Wildlife volunteer wardens Simon Wicks and Gordon Shaw from 10am on Saturdays 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 9 August and 20 September. ...


West Swindon open gardens in aid of SMASH & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June.

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over £24,000. The 2014 proceeds will be split equall...


Swindon group commit to raising £12,000 for Chinese bear sanctuary

Historic agreement sees Animals Asia working with farm to rescue 130 bears

Volunteers in Swindon are playing their part in Animals Asia’s bid to convert a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, into a sanctuary, following an unprecedented request by the farm owner to rescue...

Swindon children step through time to celebrate Walk to School Week

Swindon children set to put their best foot forward during national Walk to School Week - 19-23 May

Scores of Swindon children are set to put their best foot forward in celebration of national Walk to School Week - and they have also been busy exercising their creativity to mark the occasion. All p...

Swindon all set for third collective switching scheme to shave pounds off people’s energy bills

Register your interest online now.

Hot on the heels of previous successful schemes, everyone is invited to take part in Swindon’s third collective switching scheme which has a track record of cutting resident’s bills by mor...


Veteran bee-keeper from Swindon continues his world mission to save a crucial natural resource

Courses at Stanton Country Park run by Ron Hoskins

In an age of debate over the merits of pesticides and genetic modification, veteran bee-keeper Ron Hoskins of Swindon Honeybee Conservation Group has his own story to tell after almost two decades of ...


Wroughton Solar Park plan on show Thursday 15 May

Have a say on Wroughton Airfield Solar Park in advance of the Public Inquiry

The last of three public drop-in sessions to find out about the plans to create a huge solar farm on the former Wroughton Airfield takes place on 15 May, in advance of a planning inquiry. It takes pl...


Low cost quality office furniture on offer in Swindon

Town centre outlet prevents furniture & equipment going to landfill

Swindon Scrapstore has opened an office furniture reuse shop in the town centre selling quality yet affordable second-hand to all members of the public. In May 2012 the Scrapstore secured £20...


TWIGS community garden in Swindon returns to independence

Open Day Sunday 18 May as part of the National Garden Scheme

Following on from 11 years as a part of the Richmond Fellowship, TWIGS - theapeutic work in gardening in Swindon - has recently moved back to become a locally based independent charity, as it was when...


Eco campaigner returns to Swindon, 10 years after battle to save Shaw Forest

Jonathon Porritt to speak at Swindon Festival of Literature on 15 May.

May marks the tenth anniversary of a visit by Jonathon Porrit, one of Britain’s best known environmentalists, who in 2004 took time out as a speaker at the Swindon Festival of Literature to visi...


Tumble driers to turn wheelie bin waste into quality fuel source from Swindon

Swindon Commercial Services install and commission SRF driers

The next stage of turning wheelie bin waste from across the town into a high quality source of fuel is almost ready following the installation and commissioning of a giant heated tumble drier by Swind...


Help protect the heritage of Swindon. Join the Friends of Lydiard Park and attend the AGM on 17 May.

Get involved in the future of Lydiard House and its park

With the future of Lydiard House and its park somewhat uncertain, here is an opportunity for anybody who supports a unique part of the town’s heritage to step forward and become involved. The F...


LEAVES receives PMs Big Society Award

Swindon social enterprise receives recognition for supporting people with mental health needs

A Swindon social enterprise received a plaque at the end of March which recognised the support given to people with mental health needs by providing opportunities to undertake fulfilling paid work. T...

Allergy Awareness Week - 28 April to 4 May

Spring has Sprung - Top tips to help reduce allergy symptoms during this pollen-filled season.

Spring has Sprung - Top tips to help reduce allergy symptoms during this pollen-filled season. Spring’s allergy season can bring random sniffles, itchy eyes and a blocked nose. If you are one o...


Skaters coming to Swindon encounter crocodiles

Captain Hook and fellow pirates visit Crocodiles of the World

Russian stars of Peter Pan On Ice on ice at the Wyvern Theatre had a snappy encounter on Friday 25 April when they visited a crocodile conservation centre near Swindon. Captain Hook (Alexei Motorin) ...


The NFU and Tractor Ted Launch Kids' Competition to Win a Farm for the Day

Encouraging 4-7 year olds to think about where their food comes from.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) and popular children’s series Tractor Ted have joined forces to launch a brand new competition with a prize worth over £1000. The competition is part of ...


Swindon primary pupils learn how to coppice trees

Roger Ogle, Link magazine editor, takes time out to share his coppicing skills and knowledge with year 5 and 6 pupils from Brook Field Primary School

On Friday 28 March Mr Ogle, editor of Swindon Link Magazine, took time out from his journalist duties to help pupils at Brook Field Primary School with some coppicing of the woodland walk in the schoo...


Easter Sunday event in the Secret Garden, Queen's Park, Swindon

Planting activities, tours of the garden and Seed Swap on Sunday 20 April, 1-4pm

The Queen's Park Community Garden, are holding a spring event on Easter Sunday 1-4pm in our community garden, the Secret Garden, in Queen's Park, Swindon. There will be planting activities, tours of ...


Free orienteering on offer for Swindon families

Collect your free activity pack from local leisure centres and Central Library - available until Monday 21 April.

Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are providing free orienteering activity packs from local leisure centres and Central Library from Monday 14 April to Monday 21 April 2014. Swindon families are be...


First collection rounds of new green waste service in Swindon complete, as subscriptions pass 7,000-mark

As the gardening and grass cutting season gets underway, residents have started filling up their green wheelie bins.

The first collection rounds of the new optional, paid-for green waste service have now been completed and more than 7,400 households have signed up so far. As the gardening and grass cutting season g...

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National Gardens Scheme - Open near Swindon in April and May

Gardens in Wiltshire

Opening gardens of quality, character and interest since 1927, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £22 million for charity in the last 10 years. The following gardens in Wiltshire wi...


Jonathon Porritt appointed President of Wiltshire Volunteers

Taking over the Presidency of The Conservation Volunteers from The Lord Norrie.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), who run activities in Wiltshire, are delighted to announce that Jonathon Porritt, the leading sustainability expert, is to take over the Presidency from The Lord Nor...

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The Gruffalo to be found in the deep dark woods of Westonbirt

Celebrating The Gruffalo's 15th anniversary at national arboretum from 11 April to 31 July

The Gruffalo comes home to the deep dark wood in Gloucestershire to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ever-green tale. Themed activity trails, a giant wooden Gruffalo sculpture and a big birthday...