First Aid Training for SWAT Volunteers

Five SWAT volunteers recently attained the SCQF Level 6 Award for Emergency First Aid at Work. The training covered how to assess an incident and how to provide appropriate first aid in the following situations:

SWAT 2024 Calendar

SWAT 2024 calendars (20th Anniversary edition) are now available from the Book Nook, 6B High Street, Stewarton, KA3 5AA, priced £6.00. You can also order them on SWAT’s Facebook page to be delivered to your door (local delivery within the Stewarton area only). Calendars will also be available at the SWAT stall at Stewarton’s Yuletide Night Event … Read more

Stewarton Yuletide Event

SWAT plans to have a stall at the Stewarton Yuletide Event on the evening of Thursday, 23rd November for fund-raising purposes. SWAT volunteers will be on hand to explain the work of the charity.

Walking Festivals

Guided woodland walks in and around Stewarton on 26th August and 9th September will be included in the 2023 Kilmaurs Walking Festival and the Ayrshire Walking Festival, respectively. The full programme for the Ayrshire Walking Festival is available on the The Trinity Active Travel Hub website. The full programme for the Kilmaurs Walking Festival 2023 … Read more

New Giant Hogweed Leaflet

Giant Hogweed is a non-native, invasive plant whose toxic sap can be extremely harmful to people and pets. Our new leaflet provides details of how to identify the plant and its growth stages. Click here to download a copy of the leaflet as a PDF file. Check your knowledge of Giant Hogweed by completing our short … Read more

Tree Planting Programme

SWAT’s latest tree-planting programme, ‘Let Stewarton Breathe’, is now underway. In the first phase, native species will be planted around Stewarton in four locations agreed with the local Council.

Bird Feeders and Nest Boxes

We have hand-crafted bird feeders and nesting boxes for sale. All sales proceeds go direct to SWAT to fund the upkeep and maintenance of paths and the nature trail in Lainshaw Woods. Limited stock remaining. To purchase, please contact Mike on 0156 059 1069 BIRD BOXES £10BIRD FEEDERS £3 Free local delivery

Dangers of Giant Hogweed

We have received reports that a local boy received severe blisters from touching the sap of a Giant Hogweed plant, a non-native, highly-invasive and toxic weed. Please see the ‘Scots warned of the dangers of giant hogweed‘ article on the NatureScot website. Around Stewarton, Giant Hogweed is mainly found in proximity to the Clerkland Burn … Read more

Tree Planting with Lainshaw Primary

We had a great tree planting session in June with two Primary 2 classes from Lainshaw Primary. Everyone got a bit wet and dirty, but it was fun. Hopefully the children will be able to watch the progress of their trees when they make visits to the local woodlands.

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