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To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the original Charter for Trees, a new charter protecting trees, woods and people is being launched by The Woodland Trust on 6th November 2017.

The original charter was created in 1217 as part of the Magna Carta, and included this charming extract:

“Every freeman shall have, within his own woods, ayries of hawks, sparrow-hawks, falcons, eagles and herons: and shall have also the honey that is found within his woods.”

The idea was to not only protect the valuable resource of the ancient British woodlands, but also the flora and fauna that live within it.

The new Charter for Trees is aimed at reflecting how the public feel about trees and woodlands, and was created by feedback including more than 70000 stories, memories and wishes from members of the Woodland Trust.

The Woodland Trust’s New Charter for Trees outlines 10 key principles to protect trees and woodlands for future generations.

The new charter includes 10 key principles to help protect forests for many future generations:

  • Planting for the future
  • Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
  • A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK. This particular principle notes that careers in woodland management, arboriculture and the timber supply chain should be attractive choices and provide development opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses.
  • Better protection for important trees and woods
  • Enhancing new developments with trees
  • Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
  • Access to trees for everyone
  • Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
  • Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees

The Woodland Trust also promise to plant a tree in the UK for each signature on the new Tree Charter, so it really is worthwhile to get involved. Visit Treecharter.uk to sign up and get involved.

Worktop Express supports the Charter for Trees by planting new worktops funded by the sales of worktop samples.

You can also support tree planting by purchasing worktop samples from Worktop Express! We work closely with the International Tree Foundation to plant trees in both the UK and in Africa, and have so far helped them to plant well in excess of 100,000 trees since 2014.

Find out more about tree planting and much more on our Environmental Policy page.

If your bathroom has the space for a countertop, our new range of bathroom worktops are perfect for creating this handy addition. In this blog we look at some bathroom worktop ideas we hope will inspire your bathroom redesign.

Laminate Bathroom Worktop Ideas

Laminate worktops are a popular choice in kitchens, but are also perfectly-suited to life in a bathroom. These surfaces are affordable, durable and come in a wide variety of colours and decors. Our range of laminate bathroom worktops can enhance both contemporary and traditional bathrooms, providing space for plenty of toiletries and accessories.

Bathroom worktop ideas featuring laminate bathroom worktops

Each of the bathroom worktops in our range are constructed using a moisture-resistant fibreboard core, and are covered in a hard-wearing laminate layer that resists water and is easy to clean.

Natural Bathroom Worktop Ideas

Whilst it is common to see laminates and stone surfaces incorporated in bathroom worktop ideas, natural surfaces can be considered (if correctly treated). Natural wood is totally unique and has an unrivalled look, and we have seen customers use a variety of our wooden worktops in bathroom settings, such as the black American walnut worktops below.

Wooden worktops can be used in a bathroom if treated correctly

To make wooden worktops suitable for a bathroom setting, we recommend using an alternative treatment such as lacquering, plastic coating or varnishing. These finishes fully protect the natural timber from moisture ingress, whilst the coating makes it much easier to clean away splashes or stains.

Of course, if you would prefer a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative, we also sell a range of wood-effect laminate worktops.

Marble Bathroom Worktops

Marble is still a widely-used materials in bathrooms, as it is both luxurious and totally resistant to water. Marble looks great when combined with high-contrast or gold bathroom accessories such as soap dishes, candles or toothbrush holders.

: Marble is a great material for bathroom worktops, but is also very costly

Whilst it may look the part, it is also very expensive to purchase, and not a sustainable material. If you are looking for bathroom worktop ideas incorporating marble – but want a more affordable solution – consider our Marble laminate worktops. These surfaces perfectly imitate the look of real marble but are considerably easier to cut to size or customise.

Looking for more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest for more interior design ideas.

Save 10% on Kitchen Worktop Orders Over £500

For the remainder of August we have a superb saving available to all customers who spend over £500: a 10% discount on their entire order.

No matter whether you are considering solid wood, laminate or Earthstone worktops to complete your kitchen, all orders over £500 qualify for a saving of 10% if placed before 23:59 on August 31st.

To take advantage of this offer, simply enter the discount code UP500 at the online checkout. Alternatively, you can order at any of our worktop showrooms, via telephone or email – just mention the promotional code to one of our sales advisers.

Our extensive collection of kitchen worktops is regularly expanding, and is complemented by a host of worktop accessories. The only exclusions are samples, our bespoke cutting services and our clearance range of work surfaces.

If you are looking to rejuvenate your existing kitchen or are planning a new one, don’t hesitate to place your order soon to avoid missing out on this great deal!

Our range of laminate worktops is regularly expanding, however one of the original decors in our range – Black Sparkle laminate worktops – still proves to be one of the most popular choices in the collection.

These gloss kitchen worktops are the perfect choice for contemporary kitchens, featuring real metallic flakes that sparkle against a black background whether under artificial or natural light.

We’ve picked out the following three colour schemes to help inspire your new kitchen design if using our Black Sparkle Andromeda kitchen worktops:

The monochrome look is a perfect kitchen theme for complementing Black Sparkle laminate worktops.The monochrome look is a perfect kitchen theme for complementing Black Sparkle laminate worktops.

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Black Sparkle worktops stand out against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.Black Sparkle worktops stand out against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.
Glossy white cabinets are a perfect match for creating a high-contrast kitchen with our Black Sparkle worktops.Glossy white cabinets are a perfect match for creating a high-contrast kitchen with our Black Sparkle worktops.

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Chrome appliances and accessories can be paired together with our Black Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.Chrome appliances and accessories can be paired together with our Black Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

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Our Black Sparkle kitchen worktops can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to create an unmistakable modern look.Our Black Sparkle kitchen worktops can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to create an unmistakable modern look.
Lighting is also key in a black and chrome kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.Lighting is also key in a black and chrome kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

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Bold colours can look superb alongside Black Sparkle worktops. Consider dark blues, bold oranges or vibrant yellows on cabinets or a feature wall.Bold colours can look superb alongside Black Sparkle worktops. Consider dark blues, bold oranges or vibrant yellows on cabinets or a feature wall.

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Too much reliance on white and black can look sterile – don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour alongside Black Sparkle laminate worktops.Too much reliance on white and black can look sterile – don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour alongside Black Sparkle laminate worktops.
Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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If you’re looking for more inspiration for using these glittering surfaces in your new kitchen, take a look at our laminate worktops gallery. Alternatively, you can view samples of this surface at any of the Worktop Express Showrooms.

If you are looking for a hard-wearing alternative to natural stone surfaces, you’ll love our new range of Earthstone worktops. These acrylic worktops are available in a range of decors to suit any taste and kitchen style, and can be used to create a totally seamless kitchen worktop.

Each Earthstone worktop is made from a core of 28mm particleboard that is covered in 6mm of solid acrylic on the top and front and sides; on our extra-wide breakfast bar worktops the top and all edges are covered. A moisture barrier covers the bottom of the worktop to help protect the core from any moisture ingress.

Prices start at £260 for a 1.8m x 605mm x 34mm worktop. Extra-wide 900mm worktops and seamless integrated sink units are also available. To find out more about our range of Earthstone worktops, read our dedicated information guide: ‘All About Earthstone Kitchen Worktops’.

Spend £300 or More Before 15th August for Worktops with Free Delivery!

For the first two weeks of August our standard 2Man delivery service is free on all worktop orders of £300 or more! You can save up to £70 on the cost of your delivery, whether you are looking for unique new wooden worktops or low-maintenance laminate work surfaces for a kitchen remodel, or bathroom counters to update your en-suite.

This offer is available on all orders including any of our kitchen worktops and bathroom surfaces, as well as any other worktop accessories you might need to purchase alongside your new surfaces – like our floating shelves or kitchen trolleys.

No discount code is required to get worktops with free delivery, simply add the items you require to your shopping cart, and once the qualifying total reaches £300 or more the cost of delivery will automatically be removed. If you would prefer to place your order via email, over the telephone or in one of our showrooms, you can still benefit from this fantastic offer.

Please note: this free delivery offer is only available in our standard delivery areas within England and Wales, and does not include deliveries via our 1Man Saturday delivery service or to any areas within Scotland or the Scottish Highlands. Full details of eligible postcodes can be found on our delivery details page.

This offer expires on August 15th at 23:59 and samples are not included. Make sure you place your order today so that you can benefit from this great deal!

That’s not all…

You can also save up to 10% on two of our very popular worktops this month. We’re reducing the price on our solid wood caramel bamboo worktops and our laminate Colmar Oak worktops until 23:59 on August 31st. No discount code is required as the saving has already been applied – simply add your preferred discount worktops to the online cart to get a great deal!


Caramel Bamboo Worktop

Buy Discount Caramel Bamboo Worktops


Colmar Oak Laminate Worktop

Buy Discount Colmar Oak Laminate Worktops

To stay up to date with future discounts and sales, please visit our current offers page.