My name is Julia Morris and I am the new Lightwoods Park and House Community Engagement Officer. I have lived and worked in the Black Country area all my life and have happy childhood memories of hazy, sunny days playing at Lightwoods Park and Warley Woods.
My last role was working as an Environment Officer to protect the environment through regulating industry and overseeing the water quality of water courses. I was one of the founders of the Freshwater Invertebrate Network (FIN). This project trains local people in freshwater invertebrate identification to enable volunteer groups to monitor and help care for local streams and brooks. There are a number of FIN groups across Birmingham and the Black Country including a local group who monitor the Thimblemill Brook.
Prior to this, after completing a degree in Ecology at the University of Wolverhampton I worked as an Education Officer for three years before moving on to be a Project Officer for the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife trust. In this role I provided events and activities in green spaces across the Black Country and worked with community groups to facilitate improvements to local green spaces.
I am looking forward to meeting people and working with the local community for the benefit of Lightwoods Park and House, the local area and for people and wildlife.