Car parking charges are to be introduced at a popular National Trust estate in Devon from next month.
The number of people visiting the house and parkland at Saltram, on the outskirts of Plymouth, has trebled in the last 25 years.
It has already developed a new welcome centre as well as the new chapel tearoom and gallery in the garden. The trust has also applied for planning permission to provide more parking spaces, toilets and increased play facilities.
But it said to safeguard the Georgian house and surrounding 180 hectares of listed parkland, it needed to generate more funds.
Non National Trust members will face a £2 parking fee – whether they stay a few hours or all day – from April 1.
Carol Murrin, general manager at Saltram, said: “We’re committed to conserving and caring for Saltram for ever and for everyone.
“But if we do not act now Saltram could become a victim of its own success – more and more people are choosing to visit our parkland which is terrific but we still need to ensure that we have the funds available to protect this listed parkland and are able to carry out the necessary conservation work required.”