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PRESS RELEASE - Night times in the Jungle

12 March 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

PRESS RELEASE - Night times in the Jungle

We have made the decision to close our evenings at Urban Jungle Beccles, Suffolk. We are in a wonderful position in that our Cafe is so popular, and we are far busier than we anticipated during the daytime. Therefore we have decided to concentrate our efforts here.

The Cafe’s future is incredibly exciting - not only do we want to build on the success of our brunch and lunch menus, we will also be offering a really unique venue for private parties, wedding receptions and special events.

We have an excellent team on board, and everyone will continue to work within the Cafe and the Events at Urban Jungle.

We’re so sorry for any inconvenience, and we really appreciate and value your continued support and hope that you will join us in the Cafe, or consider us for private hire in the future.

We highly recommend trying Graze in Beccles for evening dining - a relaxed Restaurant Bar & Grill offering affordable delicious food from a modern British cuisine. (0) 1502 715974

Any more questions can be directed to beccles@cafeurbanjungle.co.uk

Closure of Night times in the Jungle

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PRESS RELEASE - Important Customer Notice

11 March 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon


We are thrilled to announce that the Cafe at Urban Jungle will be able to provide both

gluten and non-gluten containing dishes.

Our gluten-free customers are now lucky to have an incredible range of restaurants and cafes that offer dishes and meals

to suit their dietary requirements, which means that we’re able to diversify and provide an even wider selection

of brunch, lunch and dinner options.

Urban Jungle will always carefully cater for our customers with specific dietary requirements,

including dairy intolerances, vegetarianism and veganism.

It is worth noting that now the kitchen is used for the preparation of both gluten and non-gluten products, although all procedures are followed to eliminate cross-contamination,

we cannot guarantee that there will not be traces of gluten in our non-gluten products.

Open everyday 10am-4.30pm

Food served 10am-2.30pm

Savouries, cakes and drinks 10am-4.30pm



Cafe at Urban Jungle

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Mother's Day with Urban Jungle

28 February 2019 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

Sunday 30th March
Mothering Sunday celebrations and Gift Ideas...

Whether you're looking for somewhere special to celebrate with family, a simple gift idea that will last a lifetime, or a chance to learn something new with your mum at one of our workshop and event experiences, we've got you covered... 

Dine in the Cafe...

At both the Norfolk and Suffolk Cafes we will be serving all-day-brunch from 9am, with light lunch options available from midday, and afternoon teas at 3.30pm (our Costessey Cafe is now fully booked for afternoon teas). 

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Book a table for a special Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at 3.30pm. Our revamped afternoon tea includes finger sandwiches, cheese, and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of miniature handmade cakes and sweet treats with unlimited tea and coffee. 

Adults £20pp, Children £12pp. We do require a £5 deposit per person to secure the booking. Add a glass of fizz at Urban Jungle Suffolk for just £5. 

We can cater for a range of dietary requirements so please advise when you book. 
Contact the Cafe to book HERE.

Please be aware that the Cafe at Urban Jungle Norfolk will be closed ti the public from 2pm.

Plant Gifts...

As always we'll have a beautiful selection of indoor and outdoor plants which really do make the perfect gift. This year, we'll also have a range of planted succulent bowls too.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas at Urban Jungle

Gift experiences...

Choose from a range of events and workshops at Urban Jungle this year to attend with mums, grannies, daughters and friends. Learn a new skill, or simply more about your favourite indoor and outdoor plants. 

Mother's Day floral workshop

Urban Jungle and Romeo and Succulent – Mothering Sunday 30th March 

Crete Lodge for Mothers Day

Urban Jungle Norfolk & Crete Lodge - 7th April 

Mother's Day Gift Ideas at Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Norfolk and Suffolk - 4th July, 1st August 

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Create Your Indoor Jungle - February

28 January 2019 - Posted by Liz Browne

Create Your Indoor Jungle - February

When we're choosing plants for an indoor Urban Jungle, we concentrate on those that would form a community of contrasting size, form, and leaf shape, with just a splash of colour.

It's the perfect time of year to top up your indoor houseplant collection; this February we've included a few of our old favourites and some new ones too...

monstera deliciousa

Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant)
First up -start with the big guns! A gigantic, corner-filling monster of a plant. Massively popular in the 70s, and making a well-deserved comeback. You may buy this as a small plant but be prepared for it to grow quickly and become the major focal point of your room.

Grow in bright but indirect light. Soil should be kept moist but not saturated. Feed fortnightly in spring and summer/monthly in winter. Keep the leaves free of dust. As the plant grows, consider a trellis or moss pole as support. Bear in mind that Monstera can eventually grow very large so you will need to allow it plenty of space.

Did you know? 'Monstera' refers to the enormous size this plant can grow to. The epithet 'deliciosa' means delicious, and refers to the edible fruits the cheese plant produces.

Ficus binnendiijkii 'Alii'

Ficus binnendiijkii 'Alii'
Considering contrasting form and leaf shape, Ficus binnendiijkii 'Alii' is a good contender to offset against the Swiss cheese plant. The long, narrow leaves are naturally glossy and taper to a point. As this ficus tree grows, it may drop its lower leaves revealing a bare woody trunk, giving this tree a palm-like appearance.

Leaf drop is possible with 'Alii' if it doesn't get enough light and regular waterings. Give it bright light year-round. It's not as fussy about being moved around as other ficus houseplants, but it may drop leaves if suddenly moved into a shady corner or full sun. Water soil thoroughly, then allow top 1 in (2.5 cm) to dry out between waterings. Use lukewarm water because cold water may cause leaf loss. Avoid using softened water. Repot only when necessary in spring, using the smallest pot that will contain its roots.

Epipremnum (Devil's ivy)

Epipremnum (Devil's ivy)
An entry-level houseplant as it's so easy to care for, will tolerate inadequate watering far more than many other houseplants, and it will grow in the darkest and gloomiest of rooms. You can grow it as a hanging plant or train to climb up a moss pole.

Grow in bright but indirect light. Will tolerate quite a degree of shade. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.  Feed fortnightly in spring and summer/monthly in winter. Soil should be kept moist but not saturated. Keep the leaves free of dust. As the plant grows, consider a trellis or moss pole as support.

Toxicity - Care should be taken to avoid consumption by pets. Can cause oral irritation and difficulty swallowing.

Sansevieria laurentii (Snake plant)

Sansevieria laurentii (Snake plant)
Smaller in stature than the above, and with very stiff upright strap-shaped leaves, Sansevieria will add a nice vertical accent to plants with larger, rounded leaves. This variegated form, with pale yellow leaf margins gives a good colour contrast against plants with plain green leaves.

It's pretty easy to please, requiring minimum care and attention, and although it prefers a reasonably bright position (not full sun), it will tolerate a degree of shade.. The main points to remember are to keep it fairly pot tight, and give it minimal water - it hates sitting in lots of wet compost.

Guzmania lingulata (Scarlet star plant)

Guzmania lingulata (Scarlet star plant)
These bromeliads will add a pop of colour to a collection of green-leaved plants. The flowers (they're not really flowers but bracts that hold small flowers within them), come in a multitude of colours but for a complete colour contrast to green-leaved houseplants, we love bright red, orange and yellow. They 'flower' for months and months, and when they've finished flowering, there's no need to throw them away - they'll produce small plants around the base that you can grow on. You'll need to be patient though as you may have to wait another 2 or 3 years for these to flower.

Position in bright light, but not in direct sunlight. Water the compost thoroughly and then allow to dry out before watering again. Feed monthly in summer.

Talk to Liz and the Urban Jungle experts about your indoor space - we can help and advise on all types of light levels, humidity and other requirements for finding the perfect new plant to fill a special place in your home.

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#CreateYourUrbanJungle Indoors

06 December 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon

#CreateYourUrbanJungle Indoors

Since opening almost 20 years ago, Co-owners Liz and Malcolm have created something extraordinary in the heart of Norfolk and at UJ2, now in its second year at Urban Jungle Beccles, Suffolk.

Urban Jungle is designed to provide a source of inspiration, something totally exotic and seemingly unattainable, made possible for your own Urban environment.

Create Your Urban Jungle
Create Your Urban Jungle - The Suffolk Cafe

The recipe for creating this exotic paradise in you own home follows just a few simple rules using a few simple ingredients. Here's how to #CreateYourUrbanJungle indoors this winter...


If there is one word to describe this style it is this. It is a an unapologetic revolt against years of minimalism in interior design. Controversial perhaps, but why cant 'more be more'?

It's so full of contrast and contradiction. Weird and romantic, peculiar yet glamorous; it's mysterious and in-your-face all at the same time. Whatever your version of maximalism is, it's guaranteed to evoke feelings of reverence, joy and wonder.

Jen's Jungle
Nursery Assistant Jen's own maximalist Jungle

And, it's your version of maximalism that is the key ingredient here. It can be uncomfortable and intimidating if unnatural. The colours, patterns and textures you choose should first and foremost make you happy. To make this style work , pieces must feel connected, and that link to make this happen is you.

Pick out a colour or pattern that sings to you and layer the space with elements of this, drawing your eye from one piece to the next. Symmetry helps to make sense of the finished look too.

Create Your Urban Jungle Shelves
The insta-famous shelves at Urban Jungle Norfolk

In the Jungle Liz uses reds, purples and golds as her go-to shades for cushions, throws, rugs and soft furnishings. This softens rustic, chunky furniture and highlights the charm and love created and discovered in each and every piece.

Create Your Urban Jungle
Nighttimes in the Jungle

The finishing touch? The piece of personality that absolutely must take over every spare space? Liz's aphorism, maxim and truth?

Plants, plants and yet more beautiful plants.

This is the most essential ingredient in creating your look. Although Nursery Manager Uhi struggled to narrow this down, here's a few fundamental foliage picks when #CreatingYourUrbanJungle.

Suffolk Sofa
One of our Cafe sofas surrounded by the key ingredient, plants.

Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant)

Monstera delicios

The name says it all. A deliciously domineering monster of a houseplant, and a great way to begin the creation of your Urban Jungle at home. The huge holey leaves take over and fill corners and spaces with gorgeous, glossy greenery. This houseplant will become a focal point, a showstopper and star of any indoor Jungle. They're also incredibly easy to care for and are perfect for beginners. Place in a fairly bright room with plenty of shade too (direct sunlight will damage the leaves). Allow the soil to dry within the top couple of inches between watering and mist now and then. To grow them tall they will have to be trained, which is fairly easy when using a moss stick.

Epipremnum aureum (Golden Pothos, Devil's Ivy, Money Plant, Silver Vine, and many others.)

Epipremnum 'Njoy'
When growing in the wild, this plant attaches itself to other items through aerial roots. It then sends shoots of the stems down until it reaches the soil beneath it, where the stems themselves take root and begin to grow across the ground. In your home you can hang this houseplant to fill a shelf or ceiling space up high, or train to grow tall. The leaves will add real beauty and colour to the room, with a marbled yellow and green combination; each leaf is completely unique to the others on the vine. You can pinch off the leaves at the stems in order to shape the plant and control where it grows too. This plant does best in partial shade conditions year-round. Too much light will burn the leaves, causing them to lose their marbled quality. Epipremnum aureum requires watering only when the first quarter inch of soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Over-watering will cause the plant's roots to rot. Under-watering is not an issue, as this plant will withstand a high degree of abuse. It will only stunt the growth of the plant. Dracaena
Dracaena fragrans cornstalk
The Dracaena is a tall, full houseplant with one or more trunks from which fantastic leaves in green, yellow and gold emerge that can have touches of pink or red around the edges. Depending on your choice of species they'll suit any interior style and with similarities in look to palms, these houseplants will give your Urban Jungle that all important exotic feel. It grows best in bright and indirect light. Low light can be handled pretty well, but the plant will grow much slower. These plants are very sensitive to fluoride so try your best to use pure water and not tap water.


Calathea 'Network' The zebra plant (marantaceae)
Calathea varieties are much smaller in size and although a little fussy, the care is well worth the reward. There are over 300 varieties, and Urban Jungle always stocks a beautiful range with perfectly striped patterns and foliage including the zebra and pin striped Calathea. They work perfectly in filling in gaps on shelves or the floor, add to stands or table tops for prominence. The leaves will add texture and layers to the maximalist feel of the space too. Succulents Luscious and juicy, succulents make an awesome addition to indoor Jungles. We have an incredible range to choose from, lots with soft, rich leaves, some with perfectly geometry adding to the much needed symmetry in a maximalist space, others with a gnarly, spiky appeal, verging on what we might consider to look like cacti. The trick in keeping these houseplants happy is with the watering. Use the 'Soak and Dry' method. You must have well draining soil in a pot with holes, then completely soak the soil and then let it dry out again completely before you water again. In general, succulents that have bright colours (such as reds, purples and oranges) don’t do well indoors. They require some direct sun and more light than is generally available indoors.A great place to start is with succulents that are naturally green and these will still benefit from as much light as possible for the most amount of time in the day, so these are the ones to pop by the window.
Cacti and Succulents
Cacti soften with succulents and layers of juicy leaves behind
Cacti Cacti are in-fact succulents with robust, fleshy stems, and spines instead of leaves. Cacti add obvious texture amongst other houseplants and their common geometric form adds symmetry and calm amongst the chaos of maximalism. They also compliment natural materials used in shelves, seating and other furniture made with wood, glass and metal. Placing these amongst softer, more rounded leaves balances any negative energy from the spikes - you can also reduce this energy further by placing at different heights, on steps and in terrariums surrounded by glass. Being a variety of succulent, the care is much the same. Bright light and a good soaking, allowing the cacti to dry out in between.

And lastly, Cosiness The Danish do this very well with Hygge, and are some of the happiest people in the world. It simply means creating a warming environment and atmosphere of contentment with which to enjoy the good things in life, with good people.

Create Your Urban Jungle
Cosiness in the Jungle Cafes
Think warmth - Blankets (Granny blankets are key), throws, rugs, cushions, comfy sofas, hot water bottles, open fires. A place to relax - Turn off your phone, remove distractions by surrounding yourself with leaves, your favourite music and people, candles and soft lighting. Refresh - A really, really good cup of coffee, indulge in luxurious food and rich treats, full of big bold flavours – calories don't count in your Urban Jungle. We’ll delve deeper into what maximalism means in food at Urban Jungle in another blog soon, and how this new way of eating will change everything you ever thought you knew about food.
Create Your Urban Jungle
Jungle dining space

Wellbeing - With the miserable weather, long, dark nights it's certainly time to embrace such a concept and boost your spirits with some beautiful houseplants. With the colour and texture from your furnishings, you’ll already be surrounded by things that bring happiness and improve your environment, with the addition of houseplants, you'll find they improve the air quality and help you reconnect with nature, improving your mood and general health and well being.

So there you have it – when you #CreateYourUrbanJungle you're actively going to improve your health and happiness, and now you have the three main ingredients for creating your own version of Urban Jungle at home.

If you need any help or advice from the Nursery team don't hesitate to get in touch and discuss your space with us – they'll be happy to talk houseplants all day long!

In 2019 we'll be focusing on how to #CreateYourUrbanJungle outdoors with workshops, blogs and articles to help you along the way. If you haven't already, sign up to our newsletter HERE to get the latest events and articles first.

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