It has its own church, character village 17th century pub (The Hop Pole Inn) and a plant nursery (Wood Cottage Nursery). The Post Office recently closed. The railway station for Yalding is actually closer to Nettlestead Green than to its own village, which lies on the opposite side of the River Medway.
It was here on 26 June 1944 that Warrant Officer R.A.B ("Red") Blumer RAAF died when his Spitfire crashed. A memorial has been erected to his memory and on the Saturday closest to 26 June each year a memorial service is held at the crash site. Blumer's portrait, and four information panels, hang in the Hop Pole Inn.