Plans to restore an historic flower garden at an estate in Musselburgh got a boost today, thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The work to breathe new life into the internationally-renowned designed landscape at Newhailes is just one of the National Trust for Scotland conservation initiatives that will benefit from funding from players.

Sanjay Singh, Trust Manager at People's Postcode Lottery, who handed over the cheque for £75,000 to the charity said, "I am delighted to be presenting the cheque to National Trust for Scotland on behalf of players of People's Postcode Lottery. The preservation of Scotland's historic buildings and countryside is of vital importance."

As well as the project at Newhailes, the contribution will help fund work to look after important habitats in some of Scotland's most stunning landscapes and help secure important furniture pieces for display at the Hill House in Helensburgh.

David McKinnon, Corporate Business Manager for the Trust said, "The Trust works day in, day out to look after Scotland's heritage, and it is an expensive business. The fantastic support from players of People's Postcode Lottery will help us to carry out vital projects all over the country, ensuring our historic collections, stunning buildings and outstanding countryside are conserved for the benefit of the nation, now and in the future."

The National Trust for Scotland is a charity that is dependent on the contribution and support of donors, members and grant-awarding bodies. Last year, the Trust spent almost £10 Million on conservation work to care for more than 100 places of outstanding heritage significance in Scotland, from the humble cottage where Burns was born to wild St Kilda and the baronial beauty of Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire.

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