Lesser Pond Sedge at Marden Meadow, photo by Jude Shorter

Photo by Jude Shorter

An Introduction to Sedges and Rushes

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD, and then other sites
Learn more about the sedges and rushes - plant species which are found in many of our wilder, unimproved habitats but are often unfairly dismissed or overlooked.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10am - 5pm
A static map of An Introduction to Sedges and Rushes

About the event

This course will start in the classroom getting to grips with the basic features of sedges and rushes.  Simplified keys will be used for identification purposes and the emphasis will be on those species which are common in Kent.

Following the classroom studies, participants will explore the lovely range of habitats, particularly the heaths and bogs, at Hothfield and/or the wet grassland and dykes at Holborough.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the basic structure of sedges and rushes, especially the flowers and fruits
  • Understand how sedges and rushes can be distinguished from each other and from grasses
  • Understand how other genera in the sedge family differ from the so called “true” sedges
  • Identify the differences between the two genera of rushes – Juncus and Luzula
  • Interpret the key characteristics which help us distinguish the different species

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and Ecologist

Suitable for beginners and improvers who don't have a working knowledge of sedges and rushes.


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

There is ample parking at Tyland Barn
We shall travel to the two additional sites by car (sharing transport where possible).
The car park at Hothfield is 3 miles north east of Ashford just off the A20 in Cades Road - postcode: TN26 1HD, map ref: TQ 972 458
For Holborough we will park in Church Fields, Snodland (this is about 250 yards north of Snodland railway station, on the east side of the A228 and east of the railway line) - postcode ME6 5FB, map Ref: TQ 706 621

There are toilets at Tyland Barn but not at either of the field sites

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Participants must be prepared to walk around 1 .5 miles over rough and wet terrain but at a gentle pace.  Regrettably there is no wheelchair access available to either reserve. Whether or not the weather has been wet, the ground will be wet underfoot and there will be places where we shall be wading through and standing in shallow standing water.

What to bring

A notebook and pencil.  A hand lens magnification x10 (available for purchase on the course at £8.75).  Suitable outdoor clothing (especially wellies), picnic lunch and drink.

A field guide such as “Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe” by Francis Rose would be useful though we shall be using simplified keys to the common species.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012