Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

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Lainshaw Woods will feature in two of the events in the 2022 Kilmaurs Walking Festival at the end of August:

  • Join Countryside Rangers at 8pm for a Twilight Bat Walk at Lainshaw Woods in Stewarton, on Friday 26. No dogs permitted on the Bat Walk except when required for assistance. Bat detectors provided, please wear suitable clothing and bring a torch. Max 20 adults, children must be accompanied by an adult. Approx 1.5 hours. Meet at the entrance to Lainshaw Woods on David Dale Avenue, Stewarton. Advance booking essential by emailing rangers@eastayrshireleisure.com
  • There will be a walk around Lainshaw Woods and Annick Water on the morning of Saturday, 27 August at 10.30 a.m. Limited numbers, so advance booking essential through the Eventbrite web site. Kilmaurs Walking Festival 2022 Tickets, Kilmaurs | Eventbrite

Thanks to Stan Wardrop and Son Ltd (Haulage Contractors) for sponsoring the August page of the SWAT 2022 calendar.

SWAT workdays in August are currently planned for Sunday 14 and Sunday 28. The latter may be changed depending on the arrangements for the BBQ for SWAT Volunteers that is due to happen towards the end of the month.

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 controlling invasive plant species continues with plans to further manage Rhododendron Ponticum and Japanese Knotweed in and around Lainshaw Woods and Annick Water. Japanese Knotweed will be tackled using spot spraying and stem injection towards the end of September.

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 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.

Activities

  • 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.