Photo Essay: Explore the tropical canopy of the Urban Jungle

Three-year-old Henry Knights looks for the fish in the pond at the Urban Jungle garden centre popula

Three-year-old Henry Knights looks for the fish in the pond at the Urban Jungle garden centre popular café, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

With the summer well underway and many looking forward to jet setting off to a tropical location to relax in the sun with a drink under a palm tree, you may not realise that this can be found closer to Norwich.

Staff at the popular café at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. From left, Emma Henry

Staff at the popular café at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. From left, Emma Henry, Natasha Harvey, and manager, Amelia Flavell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

In Old Costessey the Urban Jungle plant nursery has a large range of bright, colourful tropical plants on sale which creators Malcolm and Elizabeth Browne say is the antidote to the traditional garden centre.

Located at the heart of the centre, surrounded by the lush greenery in the tropical glasshouse is the Urban Jungle Cafe.

Visitors can enjoy a range of gluten-free treats with fair-trade cakes, pies and coffees being served up while you indulge yourself in the scenery.

The nursery is clean to the environment by not using chemical pesticides and only using organic fertilizers.

Three-year-old Henry Knights looks for the fish in the pond at the Urban Jungle garden centre popula

Three-year-old Henry Knights looks for the fish in the pond at the Urban Jungle garden centre popular café, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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Photographer Denise Bradley went deep into the undergrowth to explore the Urban Jungle.

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Secluded and hidden away tables in the Urban Jungle garden centre café, at Old Costessey. Picture: D

Secluded and hidden away tables in the Urban Jungle garden centre café, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Secluded and hidden away tables in the Urban Jungle garden centre café, at Old Costessey. Picture: D

Secluded and hidden away tables in the Urban Jungle garden centre café, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Nursery assistant, Mark Curtis, sorting a tree delivery at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Co

Nursery assistant, Mark Curtis, sorting a tree delivery at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Jamie Spooner, operations manager, at work at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Pict

Jamie Spooner, operations manager, at work at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Jamie Spooner, operations manager, at work in the propagation tunnel at the Urban Jungle garden cent

Jamie Spooner, operations manager, at work in the propagation tunnel at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The cacti tunnel at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The cacti tunnel at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Pots at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Pots at the Urban Jungle garden centre, at Old Costessey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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