What We Do

Design, Install, Maintain

Inform, Inspire, Collaborate

Why We Do It

For Human Wellbeing

For Human Wellbeing

By enabling people’s collaborative participation in shared gardens we improve their wellbeing, as measured by the New Economics Foundation’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Learn
  4. Take Notice
  5. Contribute

For The Natural World

For The Natural World

When we create and maintain urban green spaces, we apply permaculture principles and seek to use the most sustainable suppliers possible. Some of the key outcomes of our work are to:

How We Do It

Source as locally as possible: London, UK, Europe.

Avoid the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides.

Choose drought-tolerant plants which require minimal watering.

Avoid using plastic, cement and peat, choosing alternatives wherever possible.

Work with our suppliers to embed sustainability in everything they do.

Volunteer hours hosted:

Total Area Improved (sqm):

Crops Harvested (kg):

Meet the Team

Katy Renwick

Katy Renwick - Urban Growth

Managing Director

Katy joined us in 2018 and oversees all business operations. She is also responsible for the development & implementation of our strategic plan, sustainably increasing our social impact.

Bruno Lacey

Bruno Lacey Managing Director photo

Founding Director

Bruno founded Urban Growth in 2014, to explore novel ways of managing public spaces with the people who use them. He is committed to creating sustainable communities in cities that support residents’ health & wellbeing.

Flora Gordon

Flora Gordon - Urban Growth

Operations Manager

Flora completed the Urban Growth training program in 2015, & now manages many of our maintenance & community projects. She oversees our work with Lambeth Council, in particular the Edible Living program.

Orsetta Hosquet

Orsetta Hosquet - Urban Growth

Logistics Manager

Orsetta started volunteering with us in 2017, & quickly became a valuable part of the team, with her background in interior & stage design. She oversees our network of sites, making sure tools, plants and materials are in the right place at the right time.

Tish Vail

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Lead Designer

Tish joined in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience in permaculture and interior architecture. She loves the process of creative problem solving that large-scale design projects demand, and ensures we can create detailed models of planned projects.

Sebastian Wood

Sebastian Wood - Urban Growth

Brixton Area Manager

Seb started volunteering with us in April 2016, & moved swiftly into a paid role working with volunteers, running sessions at PopBrixtonBrixton Orchard. He now manages both sites, & helps to deliver new projects across Lambeth.

Paula MacDonald

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Head of Ornamental Planting

Paula joined in 2019 as a part-time planting designer. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of plants has massively enriched our planting schemes, adding flair and precision to every layout.

Taye Tsega

Head of Food Growing

Taye has been with Urban Growth since early 2016, & plays a key role in the technical aspects of horticulture on our different sites. He is an expert food grower, raising thousands of seedlings every year to distribute across Lambeth community gardens.

Our Board of Members

Head of Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London

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 social entrepreneur in London, supporting small charities and social enterprises through innovative services and ethical communication.

Finance Director at BP Launchpad

Olia has a background in Mathematics and Finance. She holds an MBA diploma from the Chicago Booth School of Business and is a Charted Financial Analyst. Olia has 20+ years of experience in finance, energy and technology internationally. She currently holds the post of the Finance Director at BP Launchpad – BP’s internal start-up accelerator and business builder.  She is also the Board Director at Heliex Power and a Mentor at Wellclubs.

Horticultural Services Manager at Haig Housing Trust

Marcus is a Chartered Master of Horticulture with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. He is currently the Horticultural Services Manager for military charity Haig Housing Trust, responsible for all horticultural and arboricultural aspects on over 70 estates across the UK.

The Natural Gardening Company

Founder – Funds Inc.