Elizabeth Browne

Proprietor

When a third of an acre garden became too small for Elizabeth to indulge her plant passion, she looked upon her local nursery with hungry eyes. When the site became available back in 2001 she couldn’t resist. An obsessional hobby became a business. Although she spends a great deal of time now at a desk, she ensures she finds inspiration from visiting nurseries and gardens throughout the country.

Malcolm Browne

Proprietor

Usually found juggling accounts, techie stuff, mail order and the unfathomable complexities of the UJ koi pond filtration system. Keen gardener, fisherman, and chicken keeper, after co running the business for 21 years Malcolm is looking forward one day to less of the former and more of the latter.

COSTESSEY

Christopher Brett

Manager Norwich

In 2011 when a plant-obsessed 15-year-old youngster turned up determined to buy one of our most choice plants, and couldn’t be dissuaded, we just knew that we had to have him on board.  Incredibly knowledgeable, and super organised, Chris managed to juggle a plant science degree with holiday work with Urban Jungle. It’s been a privilege witnessing the journey from Saturday boy to manager.

Mark Curtis

Nursery assistant & maintenance Norwich

Mark joined us for work experience in 2015, was given a permanent position within weeks, and is a much-valued member of the team. He gets stuff done, builds things for us, knows where everything is and how it works, and makes the nursery look lovely. A family man with 3 children Mark is deaf, lip-reads, and never misses out on the gossip.

Jake Hood

Nursery Assistant Norwich

Jake joined us as a cafe assistant in 2018, but his horticultural knowledge and enthusiasm meant that it wasn’t long before he was working in the nursery. He can still whip up a pretty mean latte when required. Known as Hoodiculturalist on Instagram, his page is full of interesting and insightful plant info.

Hollie Cook

Nursery Assistant Norwich

Full of fun, Hollie’s voice and laughter can be heard through the nursery.Hollie has created her own garden haven in Norwich, and is never happier than when working outdoors with her hands in the dirt – definitely an outdoors girl.

Becky Steed

Nursery Assistant Norwich

Becky has worked on organic farms in New Zealand, developed her own garden solely from found, traded and foraged materials, and is passionate about indoor and outdoor plants. And she has amazing hair.

BECCLES

Kareem Khalaf

Manager Beccles

Lots of us had a rethink in 2020. Kareem was our chef but decided to switch careers and join us in the nursery during the first lockdown. His passion and enthusiasm for all things about the business shone through and he was appointed manager later that year. Full of ideas, absorbing like a sponge all things horticultural, he’s a great asset to UJ. We sometimes like to tease/terrorise him by telling him we need him back in the kitchen.

Agnessa Burkovska

Nursery Assistant Beccles

A career change for chef Agnessa. Nessa is crazy about plants and gardening. Latvian, and fluent in Russian, she keeps us entertained with her unique take on regional British accents and colloquialisms. Nessa does everything, including maintaining our gardens, propagation, and serving nursery and cafe customers.

Alyssia Maisonpierre

Nursery Assistant Beccles

Garden designer Alyssia brings plant knowledge and design to the shop floor. Combined with her practical gardening experience she can offer insightful advice to customers who aren’t quite sure where to start on their gardening journey.

Constance Ball

Houseplant Supervisor Beccles

Another career change. Connie is a qualified nutritionist. But horticulture stole her heart away from a life of offering dietary advice, and brought her to us at Beccles. After a spell in our Propagation unit, she’s taken control of our shop at Beccles and is passionate and knowledgeable about houseplants. Incredibly green-fingered and organised, she can make a space beautiful, clean, and ship-shape in the blink of an eye.

Ray Smith

Nursery Assistant Beccles

Our Weekender. Plant mad Ray is a 6th form student with a bedroom full of houseplants of course.

PROPAGATION

Campbell Perrins

Propagation Manager

Campbell joined us to assist in propagation just before the world turned mad and we went into the first lockdown. He helped to keep propagation afloat almost single-handedly for a few months – talk about being thrown in at the deep end, and took over the department in spring 2021. He has worked in nurseries in Hawaii and, we think, secretly yearns to return. He loves tropical climates but ironically is hardly ever seen wearing a coat even in the depths of winter.

Jamie Cubitt

Propagation Assistant

When plant nut Jamie isn’t propagating and nurturing our plants at work he’s caring for his own huge collection of plants at home. His other interest is forecasting and commenting on tropical weather patterns on his Youtube channel.

CAFES

Amelia Flavell

Cafes manager

The owners’ daughter. Press ganged into helping out as a surly teenager, she became a full-time team member in 2016. Former stressed-out manager of the 2 Urban Jungle restaurants, now finding life slightly less frenetic as the manager of the 2 Urban Jungle coffee shops. Mother to teenage granddaughter Erica. History may very soon repeat itself.

Natasha Harvey

Barista

Always ready with a warm welcome for coffee seekers, Tasha has been with us since 2016 and we’d be lost without her. And now that the plant bug has bitten, Tasha is helping out with the houseplants too (it had to happen eventually).

Karma Walker

Barista

When she’s not knocking up a froth on a cappuccino, Karma is mum to two children and a lover of all things Japanese. Like all our baristas she has the amazing ability to keep a calm head during incredibly busy periods in the cafe and powers through as cool as a cucumber.

Musa & Basjoo

Pest Control and Cuteness 

Jamie Spooner

Maintenance & building

Jamie joined us in 2007 and has been instrumental in developing the character of the nurseries, building most of what you see on site, as well as behind the scenes. He can’t keep still, has super-human energy, and since we’ve known him he’s worked and travelled in Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland to name but a few countries. Oh, and he managed to squeeze in a degree in Plant Biology. He’ll think nothing of running a half marathon before work. Nutter.