VISITORS are being invited to a family-run farm south of North Berwick this weekend to pick their own sunflowers – and donate to a popular respite facility near the town.

The pick-your-own sunflower event at Balgone Estate, at Balgone Barns, was a roaring success when it launched last weekend – so much so that the estate will invite visitors to the farm for a second weekend to receive flowers in exchange for donations to Leuchie House.

Leuchie House offers short breaks with 24-hour care for those living with the long-term effects of multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.

The event will take place today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday for the full days.

A spokesperson for Balgone Estate said: “The event has gone really well so far. It was nice to see everyone getting out and about with the sunflowers.

“It was nice to see the kids getting involved too; if we were lucky, we’d get a wave whilst on the tractor.”

There are green buckets provided for cash donations and QR codes to scan for visitors who wish to donate cash via their mobile phones

The spokesperson added: “We chose Leuchie House due to the close relationship we’ve had in the past and particularly because of the last few years and the amount of stress people have been put under; we feel it’s important to support the organisations that are trying to make a difference and help individuals who are struggling.”

Visitors are encouraged to use the west entrance and follow the signs to the car park if travelling by vehicle – and cars and visitors are asked to stay out of the farmyard during their visit.