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In 1919 the government decided that more trees had to be grown in Britain to provide the timber products which were needed. To do this the Forestry Commission was set up, as part of the government, and given the job of creating new forests. Millions of trees had to be planted. Softwood trees like Larch, Sitka Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Scots Pine were often chosen because they were fast growing and would be the quickest way to produce timber. The Forestry Commission's target was to have 2 million acres (833,000 hectares) of forest by the year 2000. This target was reached by 1983. Now the total area of forest in Great Britain has increased to over 10%. source