Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust

On Sunday 26th October 2014, members of SWAT were joined by pupils from the Interact Club at Stewarton Academy, along with their teacher Mr Graeme Johnston, and Mr Ian Shaw from Stewarton District Rotary Club, to plant bluebell and daffodil bulbs.

Many Stewarton residents have bemoaned the fact that a lot of the bluebell woods in the area have been destroyed by house building, so SWAT decided it might be a good idea to try to create some new bluebell areas in and around Lainshaw Estate., where bluebells used to abound.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 13.17.33At the same time as planting the bluebells, we took advantage of our helpers, to plant some more daffodil bulbs in places where they can be enjoyed by those who use the paths and benches. Two ladies who regularly use one of our benches will be particularly pleased! Pupils from Lainshaw Primary were also involved on Sunday 9th November, and their help was much appreciated.

The cost of these plantings was met by a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage, as part of the Action Earth 2014 Project, and SWAT is very grateful to them for being so generous. Bluebell bulbs are surprisingly expensive!

Now that winter is almost upon us, our workdays will be spent leaf blowing and keeping the drainage ditches clear. As always, we are looking to recruit more members, so please, if you are reading this and can give us a little of your time, contact SWAT either by emailing [email protected] or contacting us on our Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust Facebook page, where you’ll find regular updates of what is happening.

Susan Williamson

SWAT Publicity Officer.