Snowdrops on show at Boughton House this weekend

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Visitors to Northamptonshire’s Boughton estate – home to the Duke of Buccleuch – can enjoy early bird access to its celebrated gardens this weekend.

Catch a glimpse of the first flowerings of the aconites and snowdrops between 11am and 3pm on Sunday, February 26, at Boughton’s first Gardens opening of 2017.

A portion of the admission fees from the day will be donated to charity through the National Gardens Scheme, which has raised more than £45m for nursing and care charities to date.

Charles Lister, property manager at Boughton House, said: “Our National Gardens Scheme opening will give visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the first view of the estate’s gardens as they slowly awake from their winter slumber.

“For me, real highlights are the romantic Walled Garden and the historic Lily Pond which are not to be missed.

“In short, this special opening is a great chance to get out and about, enjoy nature at its best and make a difference in the process.”

Tickets for the special gardens opening can be purchased on arrival from the gift shop on the day.

Gardens entry costs £6 for adults, £3 for children and £14 for families (two adults and two children).

Find out more about special openings and events at Boughton House at www.boughtonhouse.co.uk.