Romney Marsh's battle with the sea is still fought today - and nowhere
more dramatically than just a few miles south of the fourth wonder, Dungeness.
Dungeness is a great shingle beach, thrusting out into the Straits of
Dover. It is the largest stretch of shingle in Europe and is only 6,000
years old. A toddler in landscape terms.
Ridges in the shingle tell how it all came about because their height
indicates how the sea level has changed over the past 6,000 years.
The sea has sorted pebbles into bigger pebbles in the troughs and finer
pebbles on the top of the ridges.
Plants grow on top of the ridges because rainwater is trapped there by
the smaller stones.
About one third of all the plant species in the United Kingdom manage
to grow among these pebbles.
It was the unexpectedness of this place, as much its magical bleakness
that attracted film maker, the late Derek Jarman here.
Within sight and sound of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway, Jarman
grew both wild and cultivated plants in his pebble garden.
He settled into this tight knit community, just like many of his plants.
People come from all over the world to see Jarman's sculpted garden.
Dungeness has traditionally earned its living from the sea and familiar
family names live on in the community.
There are Richardsons, Tarts, Thomas' and Oillers. The fishing is seasonal,
plaice and sole in the summer, mackerel in the autumn, herring in the