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Winton House in East Lothian has opened its gardens to visitors under Scotland’s Gardens since 1931, 85 years ago, making it the first and longest running garden to open to the public since the scheme started that year.

Winton House’s charity Family Spring Open Day is on Sunday 10th of April (12 noon – 4.30 pm), 2016. Funds are being raised this year for Marie Curie, the charity that provides care and support for people who live with terminal illnesses.

The day before, Saturday 9th April, the Winton Trail Run takes place with 3.5k, 5k and 10k distances, providing another, more energetic opportunity to raise funds for Marie Curie. Sign up via here.

At the Open Day, there will be lots of family entertainment: Elite Falconry displays featuring Stanley the Golden Eagle and his feathered friends at 1.30 pm and 3.0 pm (he recently starred on the BBC’s Winterwatch with Chris Packham!); lambs, archery, treasure hunts and face painting; as well as guided house tours. Home-baked teas and light lunches will be served at ‘Café Winton’ and the famous Luca’s Rolls-Royce ice cream van will be on hand.

Elite Falconry display at Winton House

Fiona Beaton, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie, adds: “We are so grateful for the support of Winton House. Just £20 pays for an hour of nursing care for someone with a terminal illness. So, through raising funds at the Open Day and Trail Run you are helping people and their families get vital care and support in East Lothian.

“Our nurses provide care for local people with terminal illnesses, working day and night in people’s homes in East Lothian to provide care when they and their families need it most.”

In 2014-15 Marie Curie nurses in Scotland provided over 36,000 visits to people with terminal illnesses.

More information on the Open Day visit Winton House.