18 October 2018

Kent by Numbers

Basic Facts

  • The National Fruit collection located at Brogdale near Faversham contains over 4,000 different varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, quince, hazelnuts, cobnuts and soft fruits, an Internationally important collection.

  • 719% increase in Kent’s renewable energy generation capacity in the last 5 years.

  • 56,400 people employed in the low carbon environmental goods and services sector.

  • Kent’s economy is worth £19 billion, £5 billion of which is generated by businesses located in rural areas.

  • Kent now has over 50 Farmers Markets, most of which are members of the Kent Farmers Market Association.


  • At least 80% of Kent growers are members of the British Farm Standard scheme.
  • 40% of UK grown Top Fruit is produced in Kent.

  • Apricots in the few years have gone for a novel crop in Kent to being grown in commercial quantities.

  • More than 50% of the highest quality strawberries grown in the UK come from Kent.

  • Nearly 80% of Kent strawberry crops are now grown under protection, leading to a three-fold increase in yields from 200 to 2011.

  • Alongside the growth in Apricot production, Climate Change in the South East has resulted in the big growth of Vineyards in Kent and the South East, regularly producing international award winning wines



  • Over 50% of Europe’s unimproved Chalk Grassland is to be found in Kent.

  • 73% of public water supply is taken from groundwater.

  • Kent Wildlife Trust manages over 65 nature reserves across the county.

  • 13,105 electric vehicle registrations in 2016.

  • Kent has the highest proportion of ancient woodland in Kent and around 11% of the land area is wooded, of which 53% is ancient semi-natural woodland.

  • Kent has 45K hectares of broadleaf woodland.

  • 96% of Kent residents think the Kent countryside is important (26% Very important).

  • Kent has more rare bumble bees than anywhere else in the UK, many of which are located on the Romney Marsh.

Attractions and tourism

  • Kent had 60 million visitors in 2017.
  • 47% of visitors to Kent state the countryside as the reason for their visit.

  • Tourism in Kent contributes £3.8m to the Kent economy and supports in excess of 72,000 jobs.

  • Kent attractions experience a 3.5% increase in visitor footfall in 2017.


High Speed 1 in Kent:

  Nearly 6,000 tourism sector jobs in Kent have been created and    supported by HS1

  73% of Kent tourism business believe HS1 has attracted more leisure     visitors to the county

  Leisure journeys on HS1 have increased from 100K in 2010 to 890K in 2016

  £311 million added to the Kent visitor economy since HS1  services began

  Visit Kent has unique partnerships with The National Trust, English     Heritage and SE Railways


  • Kent had 60 million visitors in 2017.

  • 47% of visitors to Kent state the countryside as the reason for their visit.