Kent is a county in south-east England, bordering East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London. It also has a border with Essex in the middle of the River Thames and a nominal border with France halfway through the Channel Tunnel. With an estimated population of 1,684,200 a large amount of Kent is within the London commuter belt, but the south of the county relies on agriculture and tourism. Due to its proximity to France (which can be seen from Dover and
Folkestone on the coast), Kent has always been important to Britain in terms of a link to and defence from continental Europe. Much of the Battle of Britain was fought in its skies in World War II, and the dockyards at Chatham, Dover, Hythe, Sandwich and New Romney were used to build and launch warships since the twelfth century. Away from its naval coastline and transport links to France including the Channel Tunnel and ferry services from Dover, Kent is famous for its abundance of beautiful hop gardens and orchards, which have led it to be known as ‘The Garden of England’.