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Worktop Express Blog

Feb 24

Over the last few years some of Britain’s most famous trees have been crowned ‘Tree of the Year’ following a public vote run by the Woodland Trust.

This year, a particularly well-documented tree in Northumberland won this prestigious accolade by securing over 2,500 votes (nearly 12,000 were cast in total): the Sycamore Gap tree. The tree sits in a dip created many thousands of years ago by meltwater flowing beneath an ice age glacier, and can be found on the southern side of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Sycamore Gap tree is regularly photographed by passing hikers along the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and is also occasionally referred to as the “Robin Hood” tree, following its appearance in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

The Sycamore Gap tree is England’s entry for the European Tree of the Year 2017

Credit: John Millar/National Trust

After winning the UK ‘Tree of the Year’ competition, it has now become England’s candidate in the European competition which highlights the tree’s history and connection to the local community. The Woodland Trust is hoping that the Sycamore Gap tree fares better than previous entries, which have failed to impress when measured against their European counterparts.

Voting for the ‘Tree of the Year 2017’ is open until the 28th February, with the award ceremony taking place in Brussels on the 21st of March. To give the Sycamore Gap tree a chance of winning, head over to www.treeoftheyear.org and select it alongside another of your favourites on the shortlist.

Whilst we may be known as specialists in kitchen worktops, we are keen supporters of trees, too; indeed, we use only the finest, sustainably-sourced European timbers for our products, and are also proud to fund replanting programmes in both the UK and Africa in conjunction with the International Tree Foundation. You can find out more about our commitment to the environment on our Environment Policy page.

Nov 22

It’s always great when customers let us know how our worktops are making a difference to their homes. We were delighted to hear from customer Dave Wring just this week; not only is Mr Wring very pleased with his worktops, but also his newly refurbished property is due to appear in ‘Selfbuild & Design’ (a magazine containing advice for those hoping to build their dream homes).

In June this year, we supplied two worktops for Mr Wring who was in the middle of an ambitious redevelopment project. The family own a 200-year old cowshed which was formerly used to hold the largest dairy herd in St Columb until 1950. After a string of unreliable tenants, they decided to convert it into their dream home. The build took over 7 years to complete and makes a brilliant article for the magazine. Due to appear in January’s edition, we’ve had a sneak preview and think our solid counters complemented the overall design scheme beautifully. The project was a risky move, but it certainly paid off.

The Cowshed interior design

The Wring’s choice of oak worktops was ideal: oak’s strong grain pattern and natural features add character, making them a perfect fit in their traditional kitchen. The timber was not only used for countertops, but created a stunning, rustic dining table too, which takes centre stage in the open plan living room/kitchen – a truly atmospheric place to dine.

Hearing from the Wring family really made our day, and we were also very impressed with their worktop choice – oak was a perfect fit within the refurbished house, which has bags of character! We will soon be updating our customer reviews page with personal testimonials from customers like Mr Wring, so if you’ve recently purchased anything from us please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d be thrilled to receive your feedback.

Jul 18

Ideal Home Feature

Our solid prime oak worktops were chosen to feature in the August 2011 edition of Ideal Home magazine. Lucy and Simon Mutch used our solid prime oak worktops to compliment the look they wanted for their new kitchen – a pretty, coastal style kitchen.

“Soft blue hand glazed tiles give the kitchen its coastal colour theme, while the warm-toned oak worktop complements them perfectly.”

View the full article on our Press & media page.

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