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Forestry and Land Scotland Wants to Hear your Views on how to Include Gaelic

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for input in their plan to include the Gaelic language into their day-to-day activity.

This means increasing the opportunities of both the public and their own employees to use the language throughout their functions. This is a continuation of an existing plan.

And now they’re looking for input into their ‘Gaelic Language Plan 2022 – 2027’ to see how they can best implement this.

FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, said: “Gaelic is an important part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity and cultural life. It is also an intrinsic part of our landscape with many of the forests and areas of land in our care bearing Gaelic names that describe their appearance, their geography or reflect their importance in Gaelic culture. Even the names of the letters in the Gaelic alphabet are based on the names of many of Scotland’s native trees.”

There are three key principles behind the plan from FLS to help promote Gaelic as part of their operation. These are:

Equal Respect: securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language. 

Active Offer: making an active offer of our Gaelic services to our employees and the public. 

Mainstreaming: ensuring that opportunities for the public and our staff to use Gaelic are normalised, in support of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23 aim that Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations.”

So now FLS is running a survey from now until January 7 to hear what can be done to make this happen. Answers to the survey can be completed online.

Mr Hodgson added: “As an organisation that has so many close ties with the land and with our Gaelic speaking communities, we are committed to helping ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future in Scotland.

“We aim to build on what we have achieved so far and this, the draft of our second Gaelic Language plan, sets out our new aims and ambitions.

“I would invite anyone who has an interest in Scotland’s national forests and land and in the Gaelic language, to take part and contribute to the final version of the plan.”

More information can be found on: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/what-we-do/who-we-are/corporate-information/gaelic

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