Wild Cabbages and Carrots

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Learn to identify plants in the Wild Carrot and Wild Cabbage families

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10am - 4pm
A static map of Wild Cabbages and Carrots

About the event

Although Wild Cabbage (Crucifers or Brassicaceae) and Wild Carrot (Umbels  or Apiaceae) are unmistakable families, distinguishing between their many look-alike species is notoriously difficult.  Both families are in evidence throughout the year as different species follow each other, so we shall be able to study only a fraction of the species.  However, skills learnt here should give you confidence to tackle others on your own.

This study day is suitable for beginners who however knowledgeable about flowers in general, struggle when attempting to identify members these two families.

At least half the morning will be spent in the classroom getting to grips with the basic features (in particular of the fruits) of these two families - features that are crucial for accurate identification.  There will be a variety of specimens available for practice.  The rest of the day will be spent outdoors, in the vicinity, tackling the ID of especially those species that are flowering/fruiting at the time.

By the end of this study day it is expected that participants will feel able to:

  • tackle the identification of any member of these families with enthusiasm and optimism
  • use scientific keys with confident understanding of the terminology

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and Ecologist

Suitable for beginners who know the basic structure and purpose of flowers 


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

The precise field sites cannot be confirmed until nearer the time.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Generally easy walking with close-up wheelchair access available to nearly all specimens.  However, the precise field sites cannot be confirmed until nearer the time.  So if accessibility is an issue for you, please contact KWT at Tyland Barn one week before the course.

What to bring

A notebook and pencil.  A hand lens magnification x10 (available on loan).  Suitable outdoor clothing and a picnic lunch.

Your favourite field guide to wild flowers such as “Collins Flower Guide” by David Streeter.

Very useful but not essential for the course are two BSBI handbooks

  • No 2 Umbellifers of the British Isles by TG Tutin
  • No 6 Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland by Tim Rich


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012