Urban Growth Learning Gardens is a social enterprise that improves the well-being of Londoners through providing education, employment and environmental transformation. We support vulnerable groups into sustainable, rewarding employment by transforming neglected urban spaces into thriving community oases. We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a diverse and experienced Members Board, and a growing team of professional gardeners and instructors.

We collaborate with businesses, individuals, community organisations & education providers, to improve educational outcomes, create jobs and enrich London’s outdoor spaces. We deliver nationally recognised qualifications to people in search of rewarding work. Our services are open-access, but we specialise in supporting people with a diverse range of needs, who may be socially isolated or face barriers to education and employment. We pay all our employees above the London Living Wage.

Meet the Team

Bruno Lacey

Managing Director

Bruno founded Urban Growth to demonstrate innovative models of education which support people into rewarding, ethical work that is accessible to all.

Flora Gordon

Operations Manager

Flora completed the Urban Growth training program in 2015, and now helps to manage the portfolio and engage with community organisations in south London.

Kevin Sewell

Projects Manager

Kevin graduated from the Urban Growth training program in 2015, and now helps to manage the Urban Growth portfolio of sites, as well as being a freelance gardener.

Taye Tsega

Projects Manager

Taye has been with Urban Growth since early 2016 and plays a key role in the technical aspects of horticulture on our different sites as well as running workshops at Pop Farm.

Sebastian Wood

Projects Manager

Seb has been with Urban Growth since April 2016 and plays a key role in running workshops, managing media and printed material as well as development of new urban gardens.

Our Board of Members

Alan Broomhead T.D. M.A. - Chair

Alan’s main professional background is as a former partner of Hay Management Consultants where he was the Worldwide Director of Compensation & Benefit Surveys. Prior to that he was Assistant Town Clerk in the London Borough of Southwark and the Chief Staff Systems Designer at the National Coal Board.

Maurizio Gioli - Board Member

Maurizio has a background in Engineering and Graphic Arts and 20+ years experience working and consulting in B2B technology/research industries Internationally. He is a trustee, philanthropist and asocial entrepreneur in London supporting small charities and social enterprises through innovative services and ethical communication.

Mariana Meirelles - Board Member

Mariana Meirelles is a dynamic, results-driven professional with over eight years of experience in international development, managing grants and projects, leading and mentoring teams, and developing and implementing strategies. Mariana’s expertise consists of supporting grassroots organisations to improve capacities, strengthen governance and increase participation in order to achieve social change.

Our Partners