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Forestry and Land Scotland recognises that Gaelic is an important part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cultural life. We are committed to ensuring that Gaelic has a sustainable future in Scotland.

Over the last year, we have been working with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to develop a new draft Gaelic Language Plan. In line with other public bodies, our draft plan sets out how we will demonstrate three key principles in relation to Gaelic Language:

  • The first is 'Equal Respect', securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to the English language.
  • The second is 'Active Offer', making an active offer of our Gaelic services to our employees and the public.
  • The third is 'Mainstreaming', ensuring that opportunities for the public and our staff to use Gaelic are normalised.

This will support the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23 aim that Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations.

We recently shared this plan with you during a consultation that ran from 29 November 2021 until 7 January 2022. The views we received will help us to develop the final version which will soon be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for approval.

Get in touch

If you have any questions relating to our Gaelic Language Plan, please contact:

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