The internet’s most waited for BEST of 2015 list – ok it’s sheds

So 2015 was another amazing year for Shed of the year – you and your sheds were on the telly once again on channel 4 – thanks George and the team for doing a great series.

These two sheds were the hardest for us to judge as you saw so they have to top the best of 2015

Inshriach Distillery

The Owl House

of course there were some sheds that did not make it to the final shortlist but I have been posting them over the year using the #wilcosheds hashtag – they have been some of my personal favourite sheds – in no particular order – so enjoy and see you in 2016:)

Shed of the year 2016 entry is NOW OPEN


Shed of the year 2016 entry

Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year is back for a third series in 2016, once again bringing you the most incredible and eccentric sheds from around the country.

As we open the competition for new entries here on, our panel of judges cannot wait to find out what you Sheddies have been up to.

We have a few changes for shed of the year 2016  in terms of categories (See below) but now it’s up to you the sheddies come up with amazing sheds to try and top last years winner Walter and his Inshriach Distillery

The Inshriach Distillery owned by Walter Micklethwait, 36, from Aviemore in Scotland has been crowned ‘2015 Shed of the Year’ in the annual competition sponsored by Cuprinol. Revealed by George Clarke during the final episode of Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, Walter beat eight other finalists to the title and took home £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol.
You have until May 2016 (TBC)  to get your shed ready for entry and upload the photos, ready for the long list.

  • Terms & Conditions of entry are here , please read before submitting your entry
  • Unexpected Category – is replacing ‘Normal’ this year, this is the category where what’s inside the Shed is the last thing you’d expect to find! – all existing Normal sheds will be made Unexpected!
  • The Garden Office category will be merged with Workshop & Studios category
  • Budget and Historic categories continue for 2016 (after featuring on the Channel 4 show this summer).
  • The ever popular Pub category is being extended to Pub & Entertainment – so all the family can get involved.
  • Tardis category has been merged with the Unique category so add your Whovian sheds to that
  • We reserve the right to allocate Sheds to their final category when selecting the Shortlist
  • Sign up your shed for 2016 NOW.

Last years finalists are here to get some inspiration for your Shed of the year build for 2016.

Big thanks again to our main sponsor Cuprinol

Follow me on Twitter or facebook for more info

Pallet projects are popular this year!

Pinterest have published their list of what the world is pinning.

In the USA Pallet Projects are in the list, of course you sheddies have been using pallets for years.

anyway here are some of my favourite pallet ideas from their list

Follow unclewilco’s board Pallet Stuff on Pinterest.

In the UK – there is nothing sheddie like – apart from Pork Pies and Dr Who crafts

The best shed books to get some inspiration for 2016

This years must have shed book is not quite that, well it has some sheds in but it’s mostly a coffee table book looking at wonderful quiet places the brilliant book of the blog Cabin Porn

Cabin porn


If you are looking for some inspiration then these two books are a sure bet – from Shed of the year judge George Clarke.





or if you don’t have ads blocked you can see my other recommendations below



Some other recommendations

The Bible by a former Shed judge Gordon Thorburn Men and Sheds can be picked up used for the silly price of 1p – and is the book every sheddie should have on their bookshelf.

Also the other good shed book Shed Men by Gareth Jones can be picked up used for the same price.

of course I would recommend buying new – as used will probably have tea stains or some cuprinol on the pages – nothing wrong with that but if it’s a gift you will be called cheap.

on the other hand Shed Judge Alex’s book about shedworking, which we never hear him talking about it, can be picked up for a price of a kings ransom – but Iam sure he has a tonne of these in his shed.


Great photos of shedlike Glasgow pigeon lofts Dookits

Photographer Stephen McLaren has a book about Dookits – yes I was none the wiser as well – but thanks to ShutterHub I now know that

They are pigeon lofts which appear in the landscape of the Eastend of Glasgow.

And can all seen as part of a larger exhibition called Document Scotland

Good Woodworking’s 300th issue – features ALL the sheds

I recently did an interview about Shed of the year with Good Woodworking magazine and you will be soon be able to read it along with 17 pages! of photos of sheds and sheddies who took part in Shed of the year 2015 – it’s like us sheddies are taking over the woodworking world :)


Be sure to pick up a copy of Good Woodworking’s 300th issue, on sale 4th December, which contains 17 pages of 2015 Shed of the Year competition winners!

17 pages of weird, wonderful & wacky sheds to appeal to your inner ‘Sheddie’!

Available in all leading supermarkets or independent newsagents. You can also download a digital copy online

Win 1 of 2 Sugru Home Hacks Made Easy – Starter Kit

Our friends at Sugru have given us two of their Starter Kits so you can find out what the heck it does (you will want to use it for all your fixing/making needs after you have tried it)

Intrigued by Sugru but not sure how to get started? This kit answers all your questions: a booklet full of inspiration, a selection of the most popular colours and a tin to store your Sugru in.

Included in the Starter Kit

5 single use packs of Sugru in Classic Red, Snow White, Pitch Black, Mossy Green and Silver Grey
a practical storage tin
a booklet chock full of project ideas and how-to guides

Just follow me on twitter @unclewilco and RT this tweet to be in with a chance.

or fill in this form below (tomorrow)

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Win two tins of Cuprinol Garden Shades

Our Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol are giving you the opportunity to win Two tins of Cuprinol Garden Shades (any two shades) so that you can give your shed a bit of last minute winter spruce up and protection.

It’s simple if you are in the UK then you need to do the following

1) Follow @unclewilco on twitter

2) Retweet this tweet


3) Fill in this Rafflecopter form below from 29th September (tweeters get a day early!)

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Glamping is not all about posh bell tents – it’s very shedlike

The first ever Glamping Show will open its doors to the public on Saturday 26 September at Stoneleigh Park.

I thought it would be just posh tents – but looking at their twitter feed there are a lot of shedlike structures – which I would love to stay in (too old and grumpy to stay in a tent even if it is posh)

The Show is completely dedicated to Glamping; which is believed to be the fastest growing holiday sector worldwide, with huge potential, especially here in the UK where ‘staycations’ and short breaks are on the increase.

and some of my sheddies are making an appearance showing off their skills.

There will be a packed schedule of presentations and demonstrations throughout the day being staged by the likes of Forester Bush Craft, Woodlaw Carving and Solar Kev. Visitors will be able to learn all there is to know about Glamping and rub shoulders with the renowned TV presenter and upcycler, Max McMurdo, who will be getting creative and helping visitors to realise their dream! Max will also be judging the highly anticipated ‘Mad Max Challenge’, an upcycling challenge hosted by the RSPB where entrants will have the opportunity to design and build a bird or bug shed.

The Glamping Show, Saturday 26 September. For more information visit or follow the Show on twitter @theglampingshow.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces returns to Channel 4 for series five – get planning now sheddies

Great to see shed fanciers George and Will are back tonight with a new series of Amazing Spaces (Channel 4 8pm).

The architect extraordinaire and shed of the year judge is back for another tour of offbeat small builds, from space-saving retreats to reconditioned vehicles, at home and abroad.

He begins by meeting a father and son building an ambitious clifftop retreat and a young architect embarking on his first commission – a garden pavilion for his gran.

Master craftsman Will Hardie sets out to transform the humble beach hut into the most unlikely of holiday getaways, and in Germany, George visits a modern house in a medieval town

Important Announcement for Shed of the year 2016

So entry for Shed of the year 2016 is going to be open very soon but in the meantime here is some important information about next years competition.

For Shed of the year 2016 entry

Also you can now search for sheds by county – eg Cardiff county sheds are here.


Many thanks for all your support and I will look forward to seeing more amazing new sheds this year and of course spruced up entries from years gone by.