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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...


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

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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...


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: • ...


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...


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...

Appeal for people to return equipment that's no longer needed

Have a spring clear out and return your unwanted equipment by March 20

The organisation that provides community equipment services to Swindon is challenging residents to return any pieces of equipment they no longer use or need by March 20, the first day of spring. Simo...

Reminder about changes to green waste collection service

Residents reminded current green waste collection service is stopping and final collection round starts next week (17 March)

Households are reminded that the current green waste collection service will soon end and be replaced with the new optional, paid-for service. The changes mean residents’ final green waste coll...

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Den-building kit at St Francis primary in North Swindon allows children to play with natural materials

New playground equipment lets pupils' imagination run wild

Pupils at St Francis Primary School in Taw Hill are having great fun building dens, pirate ships, cafes and whatever else they are inspired to do with their new natural playground equipment from Heref...

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High Sheriff visits Swindon hydrogen refuelling station

High Sheriff sees latest advances in sustainable transport at BOC operated refuelling station located at Honda

BOC's Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Swindon welcomed a visit from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mr William Wyldbore-Smith on 6 March. The High Sheriff, accompanied by Mrs Wyldbore-Smith, came to s...

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New wheels for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust from waste tax

Hills Group presents new tractor to help WWT continue their farming and conservation work

Farming and conservation works at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserves in the north of the county will be back to normal following the delivery of a New Holland T6-160 tractor. The keys to the spanking ...

Swindon residents urged to sign up soon and be ready for the start of new green waste collection service

Register by Friday 14 March to be ready for the first collection starting from Monday 31 March.

Residents are reminded they can now sign up for the new optional green waste collection service – and time is running out to register if you want to be ready for the first collection round. So ...

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Communal composting time has come to Swindon

Talis Kimberly of Wroughton thinks there is a better way to deal with disposal of garden waste

Not to be outdone by Swindon Borough Council’s scheme to charge residents £40 a year to remove garden waste, Talis Kimberley of Wroughton thinks compost buddies are a much better way to de...

Smell across in Priory Vale in North Swindon - latest

Action at Chapel Farm landfill to reduce odour carried on the wind

4 February 2014 After North Swindon residents reported the smell from the Chapel Farm landfill was worse than ever, Priory Vale councillor Emma Faramazi spent several hours reporting the problem with...

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Swindon allotments available at 40 per cent off for first year

Private plots now available near Junction 16 - yours to use within 48 hours of applying!

Private allotment spaces designed to bust the waiting lists for council-owned green spaces have gone on the market, thanks to a brave initiative by Andy Laker from Oakhurst. The Dorcan Academy t...

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Farmland butterflies flourish in last summer's heatwave

Survey reveals farmland butterflies have benefited from hot summer of 2013.

Farmland butterflies thrived last year after benefiting from the best summer weather for seven years, a survey has revealed. Typical farmland species such as the Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Copper,...

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A high water mark for diving board in Swindon reservoir

Disused diving platform given Grade II Listing by English Heritage

The disused diving platform at Coate Water has been officially recognised by English Heritage, which has given the structure a Grade II Listing. It is described as ‘a good example of a 1930s re...


Minister launches Swindon waste to fuel processing plant

George Eustice sees how town is leading in turning wheelie bin waste into energy source

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Young gardeners dig in for charity at Abbey Meads

Pupils are keen fundraisers for the Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre at Somerford Keynes.

Youngsters at Abbey Meads Primary School have become keen fundraisers for the Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre at Somerford Keynes. In 2013 they raised £50 by holding an after-school sa...