Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

Latest News

SWAT’s current tree planting initiative is underway. We’ve taken delivery of a range of ‘bare root’ trees and shrubs including Rowan, Birch, Maple, Willow, Hawthorn, Oak, Beech, Alder and Dog Roses.

Thanks to Allison’s Craft Emporium for sponsoring the January page of the 2022 SWAT Calendar.

The next SWAT ‘workday’ of 2022 will be Sunday, 23 January from 9.30 a.m. to midday.

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 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.