Kilmaurs Walking Festival

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 August. No dogs permitted on the Bat Walk except when required for assistance. Bat detectors provided, please … Read more

Donation Raised by Disco

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.

Giant Hogweed Control

SWAT has started this year’s programme of spot-spraying of glyphosate (herbicide) to help control Giant Hogweed plants 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


The SWAT Annual General meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th April at 7.30 p.m. in the cabin at the Stewarton Allotments on the Irvine Road. All members and volunteers are invited to attend.

Tree Planting Initiative

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.

SWAT Twitter Account

SWAT now has a Twitter account. Our main social media platform remains Facebook. However, we will also post key news on Twitter. Please visit our ‘Contact‘ page for more details.

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 non-toxic to humans and pets. However, we request that dog owners keep their pets on leads when spraying is … 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.

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.

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.