Control of Japanese Knotweed

Trained SWAT volunteers will be spot-treating Japanese Knotweed in and around Lainshaw Woods during the second half of September. A mixture of herbicide spraying, leaf wiping and stem injection will be used. The herbicide used is safe for humans and pets. However, we request that dog owners keep their pets on leads when spraying is … Read more

SWAT 2022 Calendar – Coming Soon

The SWAT 2022 Calendar is currently being finalised and is with the printer. Details of how to acquire a Calendar will be published shortly on our website and Facebook page. The new Calendar includes photos from several Stewarton residents who are regular walkers in Lainshaw Woods.

Next SWAT ‘Workday’

The next official workday will be on Sunday, 26 September from 9.30 a.m. onwards. Initial meet-up at the SWAT storage containers on the road to the water treatment plant. (Road running to the north of, and parallel to, Montgomerie Drive.) New volunteers please get in contact with one of the SWAT trustees using the details … Read more

Storytelling chair and ‘toadstools’ installed

On 11th April 2021, a ‘storytelling’ chair and associated ‘toadstool’ seating were installed in Lainshaw Woods. The associated funds were raised by two local mums (pictured) who did a sponsored run last year.

A new way to donate

There’s a new way for you to help SWAT raise funds when doing online shopping, at no extra cost to yourself. It’s the retailers who give us the money, but YOU have to choose for it to come to US. Simple! Visit to find out more.

Local Photographer’s SWAT Project

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.

Giant Hogweed Control

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

Map of Nature Trail

The Spring 2020 edition of The Review contains, as its centrefold, a map of the nature trail through the Lainshaw Woods in Stewarton.