The traditional description of Kent as the ‘Garden
of England’ may no longer hold quite true, but it
nevertheless remains one of the prettiest counties
in England, with much to attract the visitor. With
an area of over 1400 square miles (c.3700sq km),
it is the tenth largest county, with a population of
1.6 million. As its former title suggests, it is largely a
region of farmland interspersed with what might
be described as typical English villages, with
thatched cottages abounding.
parts of Kent are within the London commuter
belt. There is also a great deal of new development.
Almost one-third of the people of Kent live in its
coastal districts and along the 178 miles (286
kilometres) of the Kent coastline are to be found
some of the finest heritage sites in the country,
together with exceptional habitat of international
importance for wildlife. The landscapes include the
famous White Cliffs, lonely marshlands, popular
holiday towns, international ports and tiny
harbours. Kent also has the busiest passenger ferry
port in Northern Europe and the largest installed
offshore wind farm in the UK.
The fascinating aerial photographs in this book
by internationally-renowned photographer Jason
Hawkes are selected to provide the reader with
an overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements,
with historic sites included. There can be
no better way of appreciating the many glories of
Kent than to view the county from above.
Jason Hawkes is one of the country’s best known
photographers specialising in aerial
photography. From his base near London he
travels worldwide to produce images for
books, advertising and design. Since 1991 the
has provided photographs for major international
companies including Nike, HSBC, Ford,
Rolex,Toyota and BP.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 943 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages.