The National Trust is celebrating reaching five million members for the first time in its history.
The conservation charity has dozens of sites in the East of England, including Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds and Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
Nationally, 24.5 million people visited National Trust sites that charge an entrance fee last year, while in the East of England that figure was two million.
There are also now 500,000 members in East Anglia.
Selected National Trust sites in the East
- Blickling Estate (Norfolk)
- Felbrigg Hall (Norfolk)
- Oxburgh Hall (Norfolk)
- Sheringham Park (Norfolk)
- Dunwich Heath (Suffolk)
- Sutton Hoo (Suffolk)
- Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal (Suffolk)
- Lavenham Guildhall (Suffolk)
- Anglesey Abbey (Cambridgeshire)
- Houghton Mill (Cambridgeshire)
- Wimpole Estate (Cambridgeshire)
- Peckover House and Garden (Cambridgeshire)
- Wicken Fen (Cambridgeshire)
- Bourne Mill (Essex)
- Copt Hall Marshes (Essex)
- Paycocke's House and Garden (Essex)
- Northey Island (Essex)
Despite the positive press, the National Trust has attracted its fair share of criticism as well.
The organisation was recently forced to reverse a decision to make some volunteers work away from the public after they refused to wear rainbow-coloured badges and lanyards in support of an LGBTQ campaign, while the Trust has now come under fire for defending trail hunting on its land.
"Here in the East of England we have no trail hunters, it's not been a place where we've ever done hunting in the past," Paul Forecast told ITV News Anglia.
"But I know where we do have it, the Trust is ensuring as much as it can that foxes are not killed as a result of the hunts that take place.
"We're putting in place licenses where we insist on hunts carrying out practises in such a way that they minimise the risk of running after foxes - so for instance, putting out aniseed trails instead of fox urine trails."