Next SWAT ‘Workday’ in November 2021

The next official SWAT workday in November 2021 will be on Sunday, 28th from 9.30 a.m. to midday. (Workdays normally fall on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.) New volunteers please get in contact with one of the SWAT trustees using the details on the Contact page.

Yuletide Night

SWAT volunteers will be manning a stall as part of Stewarton’s ‘Yuletide Night’ event in Avenue Square on Thursday, 25 November, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Tree Planting Initiative

SWAT is currently planning a tree growing/planting project. We need lots of pots to put bare root trees in over the winter. If you have any plant pots between 6 and 10 inches (15 and 25 cm) that you could donate, please get in touch and we can collect. Alternatively, pots can also be left … Read more

SWAT 2022 Calendar – Now Available

The SWAT 2022 Calendar is now available. Please see our Facebook page for details. The new Calendar includes photos from several Stewarton residents who are regular walkers in Lainshaw Woods.

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.

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.