LATEST SWAT NEWS

David Dale Avenue entrance to Lainshaw Woods.  Photo by Cara Smillie
Main entrance to Lainshaw Woods in David Dale Avenue. Photo by Cara Smillie.

Community Updates

SWAT has secured a 24/7 Public Access Defibrillator near Lainshaw Woods. Find out more here.

SWAT volunteers and Martin Boyle, of Solutions on Demand, with the defibrillator prior to installation

Woodland Management

Clearing a fallen tree from a path in Lainshaw Woods. Photo by H. Callaghan.

SWAT is pleased to welcome three new volunteers who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The regular SWAT work sessions in May will be on the mornings of Sunday 12th and Sunday 26th. Recent work sessions have involved:

  • clearing up fallen trees and unblocking drainage channels in Lainshaw Woods
  • repairing paths
  • maintaining tree planting sites

Our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for 7.30 p.m. on 7th May 2024 and will be held in the recently-opened Community Hub building in Rigg Street, near Stewarton Cross.

Please get in touch if you would be interested in getting involved in future SWAT activities.

Fundraising

Some SWAT 2024 calendars (20th Anniversary edition) are still available, priced £6.00. You can order them on SWAT’s Facebook page to be delivered to your door (local delivery within the Stewarton area only). Special thanks to all of our calendar sponsors.

The May 2024 page of the SWAT Calendar is sponsored by The Groom Room, 19 Lainshaw Street, Stewarton: 01560 486878

SWAT volunteers planting native trees at the Rose Reilly Sports Centre, assisted by Rose herself
SWAT volunteers removing rubbish from a stretch of Annick Water
SWAT volunteers carrying out drainage works near the southern edge of Lainshaw Woods

Background

Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust is a voluntary environmental group, formed in 2004, that is made up of people from in and around Stewarton in East Ayrshire, Scotland.

Our Aims

The charity’s purposes are:

  1. To conserve, regenerate and promote the restoration of predominantly native woodlands in the geographical area of Stewarton as an important part of Scotland’s native environment for the benefit of the public.
  2. To advance education for the public benefit concerning the natural environment of the area of Stewarton.

Restoration of Native Woodlands

  • Planting of appropriate trees, flowering plants and other vegetation to help maintain and improve biodiversity
  • Helping to manage non-native, invasive plant species (NNIS) and prevent their spread

Education

  • Promoting awareness of the natural environment in and around Stewarton through the maintenance of a Nature Walk in Lainshaw Woods, publication of relevant information online, and delivery of presentations to local groups and organisations.

If you are local to the Stewarton area and want to get involved, or learn more about our activities, please contact us.