Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

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SWAT’s 2022 programme of giant hogweed control has begun. Our trained sprayers will be tackling this highly invasive, toxic plant over the next few weeks. Areas focused on will be Lainshaw Woods and the banks of Annick Water and the Clerkland Burn.

SWAT workdays in June 2022 will be Sunday 12th and Sunday 26th. However, the giant hogweed control activities mentioned above will be over several days, and be highly weather-dependent.

We had a great tree planting session last month 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 Country Link Ayrshire for sponsoring the June page of the 2022 SWAT Calendar.

Thanks to David Barnett, M.D. of RBR Supplies, for his 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.