RiverLife Almond & Avon Community Engagement Officer
Nim joined the RiverLife team on a part time basis as community engagement in March 2018. She is currently an undergraduate student in Environmental Management at SRUC/University of Edinburgh, in her final years.
Nim grew up in rural East Yorkshire, next to the river Aire, surrounded by large-scale agriculture and industry but has spent her adult life in Edinburgh, where she has predominantly worked for community food and farming projects and charities. This has meant being a jack-of-all-trades from farmer to running a pet shop, from youth worker to supporting people with dementia. She has been lucky in that her work has allowed her to travel and see other parts of the country and world. She has been to North America, Romania, Spain and across Scotland learning about how people manage their environmental resources, meeting a range of communities and land managers.
Nim enjoys working on a catchment scale and learning to read the rivers as they tell so much about the use of the land, the wildlife that live in and around them and the communities that settle and grow on their banks. She is fascinated by the rich history of the Almond and Avon, which is inclusive of natural and cultural heritage – these rivers have nearly seen it all over the last 2+ centuries and the communities that have used the rivers for an ever-changing array of needs (power, drinking, cleaning, transport, sport and amenity) are a testament to adaptability. Nim looks forward to assisting communities to make the most of their river environments and assisting the restoration of the rivers to enable communities of other species to use them too.