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The Terracotta Army - War On Plastic

20 March 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Suffolk, Norfolk, Trade, Propagation, Nursery, NewsLetter


The 2018 War On Plastic Pots campaign will mark the start of a huge change in the way Plant Nurseries use plastic. Urban Jungle aims to convert their use of 1000's of plastic pots into terracotta.

The UK is drowning in hundreds of thousands of unwanted plastic garden pots, lots of which end up in our landfills. It's estimated that 500 million pots go into circulation every year¹ and together Co-owner Liz Browne and Propagation Manager Niamh Mullally, are leading their Terracotta Army in the War On Plastic Pots.

Liz and Niamh, Leaders of The Terracotta Army

From left to right; Propagation Manager Niamh Mullally, Co owner Elizabeth Browne. Plants; Fascularia, Aeoniums and Echiveria.

This year the Urban Jungle ethos and mission is to reduce their environmental impact by reusing and recycling where possible, and the 2018 War On Plastic Pots campaign will bring a sizeable reduction to the consumption and use of plastic pots within the Nursery.

Until recently, who didn't have a massive bale of carrier bags stuffed under the kitchen sink? Shops introduced a charge, and this was widely accepted by the general public as a good thing, massively reducing plastic bags ending up in landfill.

Now it's time to turn our attention to the 'pot mountain' behind the shed. They can languish behind the shed for years, with gardeners not quite knowing what to do with them, but feeling too guilty to throw them away, until the mountain gets too large, and they end up in the bin anyway, ready for landfill or incineration.

Like carrier bags, it's an environmental scandal. So this year we'll be introducing a range of plants grown and sold in terracotta pots. Our customers will be able to re-use the pot or return it to us on their next visit to receive a refund. We'll then re-use them ourselves. It's a small step, but hopefully one in the right direction.” Co-owner, Liz Browne.

Volunteer Michael Terracotta Army

Volunteer Michael potting up for the Terracotta Army

The price of the plants will increase by just a few pence and will be refunded upon return of the pot. No profit will be made on the wholesale price of these terracotta pots. The plants included in the campaign will include succulents, agaves and puya.

You only have to visit Urban Jungle's eclectic and vibrant cafes to realise that this is a business committed to reusing and recycling. We are extremely proud to be the first Plant Nursery to announce the War On Plastic Pots campaign.

Now 1/5 of our entire range of plants heading to our Norfolk and Suffolk nurseries will be grown and sold in terracotta pots. The propagation department will then reuse the returned pots each growing season. We anticipate that our like-minded customers will also be proud to be part of this movement, and join the Terracotta Army in 2018.” Niamh Mullally, Propagation Manager

'It’s estimated that we each own about 39 redundant plastic plant pots and over the UK it is suggested there are over 5 million languishing in sheds and garages.'²

Terracotta Pots

Thousands of terracotta pots, of varying sizes have arrived in the Jungle... 

The initiative begins this spring. Just look out for the recyclable plant labels in the Norfolk and Suffolk Nurseries.

In year one, the campaign will keep a close eye on the impact of the extra weight and surface area in lifting and transporting thousands of terracotta pots, in planning for further reductions to the use of plastic in 2019. Urban Jungle are already looking into alternative pot materials to combat some of the anticipated issues, such as bamboo.

Urban Jungle are also proud to recycle all of their cardboard, and compost all of their coffee within the Edible Jungle, which itself provides organically grown salad and vegetables for both the Norfolk and Suffolk Cafes with practically zero food miles.

#TerracottaArmy #TheWarOnPlastic

Both Urban Jungle, and Cafe Jungle Norfolk and Suffolk are open every day from 10am until 5pm (Kitchen closes at 4pm and Cafe closes at 4.30pm).

Urban Jungle Norfolk: Ringland Lane, Old Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR85BG 01603 744997
Urban Jungle Suffolk: London Road, Weston, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT 01502 219110

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Mother's Day covered, at Urban Jungle

24 February 2018 - Posted by Rachel Bannon, in Norfolk, Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter

This Mother's Day, look no further than Urban Jungle for some wonderful gifts and experiences...

1. Afternoon Tea
Enjoy stacks of tasty bruschetta and beautiful cakes & sweet treats with unlimited tea and coffee for £16.50 or with a glass of Prosecco for £19.95. Afternoon teas are available after 3pm on Mother's Day in Suffolk (and every day if a gift voucher is the present you're after). Contact us to book your table 24 hours in advance, here. 

afternoon tea suffolk

2. Plants for Women's Wellbeing
Tickets are now available for a very special 'girls night' in the Suffolk Jungle on 14th June. You'll arrive to a beautiful botanical cocktail, and special gift before learning how plants can help you through key life stages and heal illnesses with Ellen-Mary. Find out more and book your place here. 

Plants for womens wellbeing mothers day

 3. Plants, pots, and more plants and pots!
The indoor and outdoor plants, pots and planters make a great selection of ready-to-go gifts that require no wrapping or extra fuss. Bring your mum for a day out and she'll be able to chose her own houseplant, plant for the garden and pot combination or pop in and pick up something ready, in time for the 11th March. Urban Jungle Suffolk also has a range of unique gifts and beautiful things for the home if a plant isn't quite what you're looking for. 

hyacinth mothers day plants

Of course, there are always gift vouchers and these are available to buy in the Nursery or Cafe, or online here.

Happy Mother's Day :)

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What to do in the garden - March

24 February 2018 - Posted by Uhi Millington, in Suffolk, Norfolk, Trade, Propagation, Nursery, NewsLetter

Norfolk Nursery Manager Uhi Millington is offering her top tips for what to do in the garden now. Be mindful though, the temperature is still very temperamental, so you may want to hold off on unwrapping bananas and tree ferns for a few more weeks.

1. Uncover bananas (weather permitting)

When the temperatures rise and banana plants are still wrapped in their winter layers, they can start to grow and push their way out of their protection. They can also sweat, which can lead to fungal infections or rot. We unwrap our bananas around mid March (but watch out, this winter has been full of surprises!). In spring we give them a good layer of organic matter and/or fertiliser to encourage them to grow really big. You can find out more about Musas and Enstetes here, and browse the range available online.

Uhi top tips

2. Look after your tree ferns.

Tree ferns can be unwrapped when the danger of very cold nights has passed. It is not necessary to remove the old fronds, some people prefer to leave them on. If you do want to remove them, wait until they have become completely brown and crispy and you can see the new croziers emerging. Tree ferns will be available to buy in the Nursery and online soon. You can find out more about Dicksonia antartica here. 

Tree ferns

3. Cut back Miscanthus species

Cut back your Miscanthus grass to about 6 inches from ground level (do it now!), before they spring into active growth. If you're not ultra-tidy, you can chop or break up the stems a bit and scatter them on the garden to rot down. This will incorporate important nutrients and fibrous matter back into the soil. View the range of grasses, including Miscanthus, available online here.


4. Prune roses

If you haven't already pruned your roses now is a great time. Wait until frosty nights have passed, and don't cut when wet, as this leaves the plant vulnerable to infection. Cut back stems to outwards facing buds, not forgetting to angle your cut away from the bud so water doesn't collect around it. View the range of roses available to online here.

Roses pruned

5. Plant bamboo

Its a brilliant time to plant bamboos. They're not fussy about temperature and will benefit from being planted into moist soil. Bamboos grow rapidly and require a lot of water, so in the first 6 months after planting you will need to provide plenty of water, especially if we have dry spells. If you're planting in pots you'll need to be especially vigilant. From April, the new shoots will start to emerge, growing rapidly day-by-day. View the range of bamboo available online here. 


If you have any more questions of would like to make an enquiry, contact us. 

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Plants for Women's Wellbeing

14 February 2018 - Posted by Ellen Mary Gardening, in Norfolk, Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter

I’m really excited to announce my Plants for Wellbeing talks coming up this year! Plants and nature has an astounding ability to heal and help us all with our health, so I have devised a series of talks called 'Grow Your Own Health' and I'm kicking off with Plants for Women’s Wellbeing, addressing common female health issues & life stages.

Yes that's right we will be talking boobs, bums and bellies along with much more! No topic is off limits ladies.

Many of the natural solutions I have experienced myself with the use of plants from my own garden. Plus, there will be a few surprises as well!

Whilst I totally use conventional medicine when needed, I know how well natural medicine can help us along the way as a complimentary approach and it's all the more satisfying when you've grown it in your own garden. So there will be a few gardening tips as well.

Expect a few giggles, a drink & a goody bag at all of my talks.

Come along to Urban Jungle Suffolk on Thursday 14th June from 6pm, have a fun night & learn how your garden plants can help you in more ways than you could imagine!

See you there!
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Make your business a success in 2018, with plants...

08 January 2018 - Posted by Ustaine Millington, in Norfolk, Cafe Jungle, Nursery, Propagation, Suffolk, NewsLetter

Why every office and workplace should keep houseplants...

Research shows they can have a huge impact on businesses. Not only do they make the environment more aesthetically pleasing for staff and clients, like pets they can help reduce stress levels and also create the perception of a cleaner, more wealthy environment.

What can they do for your business?

There are numerous health and performance benefits too. The air inside modern offices and buildings is loaded with pollutants; commonly known as ‘sick building syndrome’. It causes a host of poor health problems such as allergies, headaches and fatigue. Houseplants can purify the air, some are able to remove contaminants, produce oxygen and even help raise the humidity. A rise in humidity is beneficial as it reduces vulnerability to viral infections. These factors combined lead to increased concentration levels and greater productivity with reduced absenteeism. It's a no brainer.

Here's six of the best houseplants for your workplace environment.

1. Rhapsis excelsa (The Lady Palm)

This office favourite is an upright elegant palm with a look of bamboo about it. It's slow growing, easy to look after and very adaptable so ideal for interiors. It has air purifying qualities and has been shown to actively remove pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and carbon dioxide from the air.

Rhapsis excelsa The Lady Palm

2. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

With an abundance of lance-shaped glossy leaves and white sail-like flowers this is one of the easiest to care for houseplants and dare we say it – tolerates a lot of abuse. It will tell you when its thirsty and will bounce right back when you give it a drink. It is one of the best to remove formaldehyde, benzene and certain volatile organic compounds that can be emitted by cleaning products. It also helps raise the humidity and produces oxygen.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is easy to care for and has some amazing health benefits. A great plant for keeping near the kitchen in homes, restaurants and cafes. It's full of vitamins and amino acids, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and the sap is excellent for healing wounds and burns. In addition to that, it also removes formaldehyde from the air.

Aloe Vera

4. Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

The spider plant is tough and resilient. It likes to dry out between watering, to be pot-bound and is happiest in indirect bright light. It removes carbon monoxide and xylene, and also a solvent used in printing, making it a good all rounder for offices, homes and schools.

Spider Plant

5. Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' (The Snake Plant)

An architectural and contemporary-looking plant, this undemanding workplace friend is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. It also releases oxygen at night which helps improve sleep quality, not that we advocate sleeping at work of course.

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' (The Snake Plant)

6. Monstera deliciosa

Easy to recognise, and best known for its huge jungle leaves, the Swiss Cheese Plant is forgiving and will flourish for decades on very little attention. It is one of the best all-rounders at improving air quality, removing formaldehyde and generating oxygen at night.

Monstera deliciosa Swiss Cheese Plant

For those of you who know Urban Jungle, you can now understand why our team are bursting with energy and never miss a day's work!

Visit Café Jungle in Norfolk and Suffolk and browse the indoor houseplants. Speak to us if you'd like some houseplants for your business.

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