Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

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SWAT ‘workdays’ in May will be Sunday 8th and Sunday 22nd.

Thanks to The Groom Room, Stewarton for sponsoring the May page of the 2022 SWAT Calendar.

An online survey of SWAT volunteers was launched on 9 May 2022. Volunteers are requested to submit their responses by Saturday 28 May.

David Dale Avenue entrance to Lainshaw Woods. Photo by Cara Smillie

SWAT’s Background and Aims

SWAT tree management
SWAT volunteers carrying out tree management in Lainshaw Woods

SWAT is a voluntary environmental group made up of people from all over Stewarton in East Ayrshire. It began in March 2004, after some initial work by East Ayrshire Woodlands and Lainshaw Residents Association identified the need and the opportunity.

Although the name includes ‘Woodlands’, the group’s aims are to help preserve, maintain and improve natural sites throughout Stewarton, including rivers, riverbanks, meadows and open ground, and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.


  • Planting of appropriate trees, flowering plants and other vegetation
  • Helping to manage non-native, invasive plant species (NNIS) and prevent their spread, including Giant Hogweed, Rhododendron Ponticum and Japanese Knotweed
  • Helping to maintain accessibility of Lainshaw Woods
  • Promoting awareness of the natural environment, including installing and updating signage and information panels in Lainshaw Woods

If you are local to the Stewarton area and want to get involved, or learn more about our activities, please contact us.