Like all the counties bordering London, parts of Kent have been swallowed up by the expanding Capital. However, south of the orbital M25, much of the county's rural aspect is retained. South and east Kent are predominantly agricultural areas, specialising in fruit-growing, from which its traditional name of the “Garden of England” is derived.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Kent:
Ivy House Farm, East Malling © Oast House Archive
High Street, Greenhithe © Stefan Czapski
King Street, West Malling © Marathon
Rainham, 1956 © Ben Brooksbank