14. Cobnut Plats
Cobnut plats are a special and important landscape characteristic of the Kent Downs. A cobnut is a kind of cultivated hazelnut, the Kentish Cobnut being the most common variety grown now. Once a thriving industry in Kent there are few cobnut plats left today, no more than 250 acres of old plats survive.
Catkins appear on cobnut trees in February and the nuts are usually picked towards the end of September. Cobnuts are delicious and healthy containing high levels of protein, fibre, vitamin E and calcium in particular.