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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Cultural quarter for Swindon back on the agenda

Des Morgan looks back at previous plans and casts a critical eye upon Swindon Council’s grand designs for a cultural space

Des Morgan looks back at previous plans and casts a critical eye upon Swindon Council’s grand designs for a cultural space. Whilst I am sure many people would welcome the building of a new cult...

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Swindon scrapstore extends opening hours in response to greater demand

After a bumpy couple of years following a serious fire and two major moves, Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is back on track and going from strength to strength.

After a bumpy couple of years following a serious fire and two major moves, Swindon Children’s Scrapstore  is back on track and going from strength to strength. The charity is now open for...

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Could your baby be the face of the Wiltshire Real Nappy Network 2014?

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Real Nappy Network is on the hunt for one very special baby

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Real Nappy Network is on the hunt for one very special baby; one who will be the first ‘face’ of Wiltshire’s Real Nappy Week. Using real nappies wil...

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You are what you eat, so learn to burst with living energy in Swindon

Find out how and why to grow and thrive on Living Foods, often called ‘Raw Foods.’ It’s not all lettuce and carrots - sometimes it’s Burritos, nor all cold - it can be raw sou...

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Easter Family Activities in and around Swindon

Fun for all the family at Roves Farm, Purton House and Lydiard House and Park.

Roves Farm Saturday 5 to Monday 21 April Easter Bunny is back to his old tricks .. bet you can’t run faster than him. Create Easter cards, fluffy chicks and pictures in the craft area. Friday...

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New household green waste collection service starts this week

So far more than 6,500 households have signed up for the annual service

The council’s new optional, paid-for green waste collection service starts this week and subscription levels continue to rise. So far more than 6,500 households have now signed up for the annua...

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Visit Swindon's favourite place before it’s built on

Celebrating the landscape of Coate Water before housing development begins - events on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 April

As work starts on the first houses between Coate Water and Great Western Hospital, Swindon Civic Voices is organising two events to celebrate the landscape before it disappears under development. Fri...

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Fresh air enhances Feelgood Friday in Swindon

Volunteers use traditional woodland management methods to clear overgrown area at Peatmoor Copse

Over the winter months the volunteers who look after Peatmoor Copse in West Swindon, using traditional woodland management methods, have been clearing an overgrown area that had not been touched for y...

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Eggs-citing free spring event at Purton House Organics, Swindon

Easter Egg Hunt, woodland walks and much more - Saturday 12 April

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Come and celebrate the arrival of spring on the farm, and the kids can join in an...

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Council to look at trust to look after Lydiard Park

Petition persuades council to come clean on future of town's favourite place

After a row in early March about the future of Lydiard Park, Swindon Council is to investigate whether setting up a trust to manage the house and park is the right way forward for one of the town's fa...

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New bug species spotted at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve

Rare Box Bug found at Conigre Mead

Following on the heels of last summer’s discovery of a coastal sea fern-grass thriving along a main road in Wiltshire, experts are now abuzz with yet another first for the county. A rare squash...

New green waste collection service passes 5,000th subscription milestone

More than 5,600 Swindon households have signed up for the council's new green waste collection

More than 5,600 households have signed up for the council’s new green waste collection service, which starts from the end of this month. The final collection round under the current four-bag li...

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Landfill near North Swindon closed because of smell

Chapel Farm landfill site has been temporarily shut down until odour is brought under control writes Monique Hayes.

  Hills Waste Solutions have posted pictures and videos of work to cap the Chapel Farm landfill and drill more gas extraction wells (17 March). Click the link above to see the work being done &...

Update on East Swindon flood resilience project

February and March were very exciting months for Swindon's East Locality in terms of flood resilience, writes Grace Martin.

February and March were very exciting months for Swindon’s East Locality in terms of flood resilience. Some of the highlights were: · The first flood action group meeting in Parks and W...

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Thousands more houses to north west to be the price for extending Thamesdown Drive

Reasons why the much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive won't be built

The much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive from Purton Road and Great Western Way won’t be built because there is massive traffic congestion on the west side of Swindon because: • ...

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North Swindon sewer tank construction starts

Residents frustrated by undemocratic process to impose development upon them

Despite huge objections from residents living in Taw Hill, Thames Water, through its contractors Optimise, started construction of two huge underground storage tanks on Monday 17 March. The tanks wil...

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Swindon biomass planning application killed off

Hippofan project bites the dust after mass protests

Pure Green, the front company created by Belgian business Hippofan, has done nothing in the last six months to further their proposal to burn thousands of tons of scrap wood to make animal bedding at ...

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Swindon car sharing club slashes usage costs + special offer

Co-wheels Car Club offering free membership to Link readers

Co-wheels Car Club, the pay-as-you-go on-street car hire operator in the town, is massively reducing its prices and making you an offer. Up to 28 February vehicle use cost £4.50 per hour or &po...

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Forest Discovery Day - Sunday 30 March

Celebrating woods and forests at Westonbirt Arboretum during English Tourism Week

Nationwide Forest Discovery Day celebrates woods and forests during English Tourism Week Forestry Commission England will host Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 March, during English Tourism Week, to...

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