13 January 2016

Kent by Numbers

Basic Facts

  • Kent land mass is around 900,000 acres, approximately 1,360 sq miles
  • 85% of Kent is classified as rural
  • Kent has 17 MPs, along with 10 MEPs who cover the South East.
  • The population of Kent is 1.73 million people, within around 600K households, which is the largest population of any English county

 

Business

  • 150,000 people work within Kent’s rural area
  • 36% of businesses in Kent are based in rural areas, of which half are non rural in nature
  • Currently there are 53 Kent Farmers Market Association markets, with over 640 stalls Produced in Kent have over 300 members, with gross sales of £400m
  • 35 micro, or craft as the American’s call them, breweries in Kent at the last count
  • 74% of rural businesses employ 0 to 5 people

Farming

  • There are 553,000 acres of farmland in Kent
  • There are 2767 farm holding in Kent
  • 46,000 people employed in the land based sector
  • 66% of farm holdings in Kent are smaller than 120 acres
  • 14,000 people are directly employed in Agriculture & Horticulture, with a gross output of £500m in 2011
  • Kent is unique in that more or less every crop that is grown in the UK is grown in Kent. Sugar Beet is about the only exception.
  • 40% of UK grown Top Fruit is produced in Kent
  • Apricots, Chillies, Sweet Potatoes and Olives are just some of the newer crops now being grown in Kent.
  • Kent is the principle area for the production of Hazelnuts, the local variety is known as the Kent Cobnut. There are about 250 acres of Kent Cobnuts in Kent, grown in Plats rather than Orchards most of which are between 75 and 100 years old.

Environmental

  • Kent along with Cornwall are the only two peninsular counties in England, both of which are the only counties where you would normal add ‘ish when referring products from these two counties.
  • Kent has 350 miles of coastline
  • 22% of Kent is within two AONB’s, the North Downs AONB & the High Weald AONB
  • Kent is one of the most wooded counties in England 10% of the county is woodland, of which 88% is broadleaved
  • Kent has more than 18,400 listed buildings, more than any other county in the UK
  • The Isle of Sheppey in Kent is home to the only population of scorpions in the UK. There are around 10,000 tiny yellow-tailed scorpions living in the walls of the Sheerness Docks, who despite global warming have not left the island since they arrive on trade boats in the 18th Century.
  • Less than 2% of Kent is covered in buildings