the people

liz thomas

profile pic_liz_finalLiving in Edinburgh’s seaside town of Portobello with one dog, three hens, a baby and one husband, Liz enjoys pretending to be a micro-scale urban-farmer.  In her tiny  garden, she loves re-inventing, up-cycling, and experimenting with getting the most out of the land.

When she’s not running around after livestock,  Liz is a practitioner and lecturer in landscape architecture: principal at liz thomas landscape architect, a consultancy practice based at the Biomorphis office at the Drill Hall, and tutoring part-time on the ESALA landscape architecture degree course at Edinburgh University.

Liz’s project work aims to promote and develop the greenspace infrastructure agenda whether through the development of temporary landscapes, feasibility studies for greenspace networks, or delivery of community garden spaces.  She works to reveal the value and importance of landscape architecture in urban contexts by high quality and socially aware design solutions, delivering engagement / participation workshops, and in her enthusiasm and energy for collaborative self-initiated projects… working with the wasteland collective is just an excuse to get more space for her love of found food and sitting down!


lisa jeffrey

profile pic_lisa_finalA west-coaster at heart, Lisa has been a resident of Edinburgh for the past 5 years. During this time she studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and achieved an MSc with Distinction. While studying she managed to wedge in a 6-month stint in Amsterdam where she studied at the Academie van Bouwkunst and worked for the Landscape Architecture office; OKRA.

Upon returning to Edinburgh, Lisa worked at Optimised Environments Ltd. where her interest in temporary Landscape Architecture developed. Lisa’s final year projects began to question what we can do with wastelands and how we can deal with land that is left unused or inactive. She looks forward to finding some answers through the wasteland collective.

In her spare time Lisa likes to swim, zumba and play the odd game of badminton…badly! However, her favourite pastime is cooking. She prides her culinary skills on her curries but makes a mean rocky road – Nigella beware!


jenny humberstone

Jenny HumberstoneJenny Humberstone is a Landscape Architect, Designer and Photographer who recently relocated to Scotland from Melbourne.  Jenny has an MA Hons in Geography from University of Edinburgh (1st Class), and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from University of Copenhagen and Leeds Metropolitan University (Distinction), where she won the LDA Design Award for Excellence in Landscape Design in 2012.  Jenny has subsequently collaborated on research with Gehl Architects about designing for health and well-being in cities and the link with green restorative environments, and has gained practical professional landscape architecture and design experience in both Australia and the UK.

Passionate about projects with positive environmental and social impact, Jenny has spent recent years progressing projects focussed on activating vacant spaces, urban agriculture and community.  In January 2013 Jenny founded the Urban Fabric collective, activating urban vacant spaces and promoting local creative talent through street exhibitions and outdoor ‘Secret Cinema’ short film nights. Jenny has also helped progress 3000 Acres in Melbourne since its beginnings in 2013, a project that aims to unlock vacant land for urban agriculture and foster social capital. In 2014 Jenny founded HOLD ME DEAR – an online photography gallery of personal stories relating to individuals’ most treasured places.

Jenny is excited to progress ideas regarding how we can better use Scotland’s vacant or under-used urban land for greening, community and activation with the wasteland collective.

When not working on these projects, Jenny can often be found rock climbing, hiking, up-cycling found materials into planters, taking photographs or sketching.



The brains and the inspiration behind the whole plot to reclaim urban land for the greater good. Idris is a true activist for public open space, accessibility, and generally having a super time in the great outdoors!


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