A student called Michiel Verledens  who is studying  Journalism at the Artevelde University College in Ghent, Belgium recently approached the Friends Group asking for assistance to make a video report about ‘Friends of Parks’. He is staying at Queen Margaret University with a group of about 50 fellow students. They are working in small groups and each has to do a specific project. Michiel took Parks Friends Groups as his. In Belgium, all public parks are looked after by the state, so he was interested to see how a Friends Group was set up, what it did and how it interacted with ‘government’. Three members of the committee met Michiel on the 21st March. After some preliminary discussion, they walked to the middle bridge, where Michiel chose a back drop looking north for the interview . He posed questions and each of us fed back answers.  We’re sure he found it as interesting as we did.

To view the video that Michiel produced please see http://edinburgh2011.wetpaint.com/page/individueel+stuk+Michiel

If you would like to contact Michiel please send an e-mail to info@braidburnvalleypark.org.uk  and we will forward his contact details.

Charles, Louise and I met Michiel this morning as arranged. He is studying journalism and is staying at Queen Margaret University this week with a group of about 50. They split into smaller groups for projects and each has to do a specific project. Michiel took Parks Friends Groups as his. In Belgium, all public parks are looked after by the state, so he was interested to see how a Friends Group was set up, what it did and how it interacted with ‘government’. After some preliminary discussion, we waked to the middle bridge, where Michiel chose a back drop looking north to interview us. He posed questions and each of us fed back answers. He then filmed us walking through the park having a discussion, which will fill in between questions. We’re sure he found it as interesting as we did. There is a web site where we may view the interview. Obviously it won’t be ‘up’ until he gets back and has done all his editing but I suggest we keep a weather watch on it. The site is: www.overdegrenzen.be and we will have to link to “Edinburgh groep”. Michiel’s surname is Verledens.