Latest News – Autumn 2020
SWAT 2021 Calendars Now Available
Calendars, priced £5, are now available from the following shops in Stewarton:
- Ellie’s Kidswear
- Warwick’s Best Wishes
- Cup and Saucer
A New Way to Donate
There’s a new way for you to help SWAT raise funds when doing online shopping, at no extra cost to yourself. It’s the retailers who give us the money, but you have to choose for it to come to us. Visit easyfundraising.org.uk to find out more.
Planned Story-Telling Seat in Lainshaw Woods
Two local mums have raised money to support the installation of a ‘story-telling seat’ in Lainshaw Woods. Find out more by visiting their JustGiving page. They ran over 102 miles between them and exceeded 150% of their £1,000 fund-raising target.
Improving Accessibility of ‘The Viewpoint’ – Lainshaw Woods
Work laying a paved path has been completed to make ‘The Viewpoint’ within Lainshaw Woods more accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors with mobility issues.
Calendar Sponsors October, November and December 2020
Solutions on Demand and Hairdressing by Kick/Indulge Nail & Beauty Parlour have kindly sponsored the October and November pages of our SWAT 2020 Calendar.
The final page in the current 2020 calendar has been kindly sponsored by Linengreen Interiors.
For the remainder of 2020 the routine, planned workdays are 22 November, 13 December and 27 December. All these dates are Sundays and the work sessions will normally be from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (Please note that these arrangements may be affected by COVID-19 social distancing requirements and travel restrictions.)
SWAT’s Background and Aims
SWAT is a voluntary environmental group made up of people from all over Stewarton. 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 has an interest in preserving and maintaining all the natural sites throughout Stewarton, including rivers and riverbanks, meadows and open ground, and all the flora and fauna that are part of them.
The group’s aims are to improve and regenerate the natural environment of Stewarton. This will have the effect of making the town a more attractive place to live or to visit, and also improve opportunities for people to make use of and enjoy the countryside for leisure and exercise. The improvement of natural habitats to encourage native wildlife and bio-diversity, and the availability of the habitats as an educational resource, will be important for present and future generations.
- Maintaining paths and steps
- Removing trees and branches that, as a result of rot or weather damage, could pose a hazard to walkers
- Planting of appropriate trees, flowering plants and other vegetation
- Helping to manage non-native, invasive plant species (NNIS) and prevent their spread
- Promoting awareness of the local woods and natural environment
- Maintaining drainage channels and ditches
- Installing and updating signage
- Installing bird boxes
If you are local to the Stewarton area and want to get involved, or learn more about our activities, please contact us.