Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

Latest News

Thanks to Allan Cooper for the generous donation given to us after his very successful disco for the Primary School pupils of Stewarton, which, by all accounts, was much enjoyed by all. Thank you also to those who voted for us to receive this donation from the profits made at the disco.

SWAT’s 2022 programme of giant hogweed control is nearing completion. Our trained sprayers have been tackling this highly invasive, toxic plant over the past few weeks and further spraying sessions are planned. Areas being focused on are Lainshaw Woods and the banks of Annick Water and the Clerkland Burn.

SWAT’s final workday in July 2022 will be Sunday 24th.

We had a great tree planting session in June with two Primary 2 classes from Lainshaw Primary. Everyone got a bit wet and dirty, but it was fun. Hopefully the children will be able to watch the progress of their trees when they make visits to the local woodlands.

Thanks to Bell, Book & Candle – Home Interiors of 31 High Street, Stewarton for sponsoring the July page of the 2022 SWAT Calendar.

Thanks to David Barnett, M.D. of RBR Supplies, for his recent donation of litter picking equipment, and to Bob Baxter of Ayrshire Steels for donating a SWAT branding iron.

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.