Over several months, Cara Smillie, a Stewarton-based photographer and videographer, has observed the activities of SWAT volunteers in and around the Lainshaw Woods. Cara’s images of the group and local woodland landscapes have been compiled into a book. You can see some of Cara’s work on Facebook and on Instagram.
This month’s sponsor of the SWAT 2020 Calendar is Country Link, www.country-link.org.uk
SWAT has started this year’s programme of glyphosate (herbicide) spraying to control the spread of giant hogweed in and around Stewarton, especially the banks of the Clerkland Burn and from where the Burn joins the Annick Water. Walkers may have noticed SWAT spraying notices and sprayers working in the Lainshaw Woods. Giant Hogweed is an extremely … Read more Giant Hogweed Control
The May 2020 page of the SWAT Calendar has been sponsored by The Groom Room, 19 Lainshaw Street, Stewarton.
The Spring 2020 edition of The Review contains, as its centrefold, a map of the nature trail through the Lainshaw Woods in Stewarton.
Richard, one of our SWAT volunteers, has successfully passed formal examinations for management of non-native invasive plant species (NNIS) including: Hand-held pesticide injections Nozzles/atomizers to apply to land Nozzles/atomizers to or near water Pesticide plugs in tree stumps
SWAT was going to plant some trees with Nether Robertland school pupils, in the school grounds, so we ordered the trees. The trees arrived, but so did COVID-19, and it became impossible for us to do what we had hoped. Instead, these tiny trees are being planted by SWAT in various places, and we will publicise … Read more Planting of Rowan Trees
One of the SWAT volunteers has started a petition with the aim of encouraging Ayrshire Roads Alliance and Police Scotland to improve pedestrian safety at Stewarton Cross., The Cross is a short distance from the David Dale Avenue entrance to the Lainshaw Woods. You can find out more by visiting https://www.change.org/p/ayrshire-roads-alliance-safer-crossroads-in-stewarton-kilmarnock-scotland
The evening torchlight procession through Stewarton, East Ayrshire, will end in the Lainshaw Woods, near the David Dale Avenue entrance to the woods. The event is being coordinated by The Bonnet Guild.