Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

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The next official SWAT workday in November 2021 will be on Sunday, 28th from 9.30 a.m. to midday. Within Lainshaw Woods, this will focus on clearing paths of fallen trees and branches caused by Storm Arwen.

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 and Japanese Knotweed
  • Maintaining woodland paths, steps, drainage channels and ditches:
    • Removing trees and branches that, as a result of rot or weather damage, could pose a hazard to walkers
    • Litter picking
  • Promoting awareness of the local woods and natural environment, including installing and updating signage and information panels.

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