WHY WE DO IT

Green spaces make people healthier, happier & more productive.

Plants in the city:

  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce flooding
  • Support biodiversity
  • Stabilise temperatures

Growing urban food reduces our carbon footprint.

2016 UG SOAS Kokedama workshops flowers training

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Meet the Team

Bruno Lacey

Bruno Lacey Managing Director photo

Managing 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.

Katy Renwick

Katy Renwick - Urban Growth

Business 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.

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

Jetty Manager & Carpenter

Orsetta started volunteering with us in 2017, & quickly became a valuable part of the team, with her background in interior & stage design. She now manages our Greenwich portfolio of sites & oversees our carpentry & other building works.

Sebastian Wood

Sebastian Wood - Urban Growth

Orchard & Volunteer 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.

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.

Kevin Sewell

Kevin Sewell - Urban Growth

Gardener & Volunteer Host

Kevin graduated from the Urban Growth training program in 2015, & has worked with us ever since in a variety of roles. He maintains our sites, delivers workshops & helps to train volunteers as they develop their garden skills.

Our Partners, Clients & Suppliers

Our Board of Members

Maurizio Gioli - Chair - 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.

Jens Umehag - Treasurer - Head of Finance for Group Technology & CFO at BPVentures

Jens Umehag is an energy professional with more than 15 years of international experience and an in-depth understanding of the industry – from supply and trading to sales and marketing. Most recently he was the Finance director for BP Lubricants in Germany before taking up his current role as the Head of Finance for Group Technology & CFO Ventures in 2015.

Marcus Forster - 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.