Channel 5 News reports on shed of the year

The bods at Channel 5 news have done this great little video with rk (Pixie) Burton featuring some photos of the other finalists to this years Shed of the year plus a nice little chat with last years winner Joel Bird.

Some bank holiday tunes from Songs from the Shed

Shed of the year winner from 2011 Jon Earl and his Songs from the Shed – “Acoustic shed sessions from our garden shed . From local musicians to world reknowned acts”

Jon has created a spotify list of nearly all the artists that have appeared in his shed

enjoy – pop pickers

Or while you are at it view Jon’s Videos of the artists

Garden Office category is live for #shedoftheyear

After some consideration we have now included the Garden Office category in this year’s final of Shed of the year.

We thought we did not have enough unique entries this year however after looking thoroughly through the category we have decided that it would be such a shame to lose it and so it will be back, as the hard work of the sheddies involved should be celebrated.

So the ones we have picked as Garden Office finalists are

multi purpose hide out

multi purpose hide out - David G Connor - side of river gorge

Magniloquent cave (Mag-cave.)

Magniloquent cave (Mag-cave.) - Rod Lawless - Side garden. One time veg patch then decking, now this.

 

Pear Tree Weddings HQ

Pear Tree Weddings HQ - Jo - VW Shed 'office' at the bottom of the garden

Crafty Monkey at the beach…

Crafty Monkey at the beach... - Chrissy Brown - Bottom of the garden

 

Vote for these alongside the other sheds here.

 

 

 

Shed of the year 2015 shortlist revealed – Public voting opens to decide the category winners

SHED OF THE YEAR FINALISTS REVEALED

  • Annual competition sponsored by Cuprinol showcases Britain’s most wacky and wonderful sheds
  • Finalists to appear on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, airing on Channel 4
  • Public voting opens to decide the category winners
  • Category winners and overall winner revealed on TV show

    Following a record breaking 2,520 entries into the annual Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol, the finalists can now be revealed.

A competition to celebrate the best of Britain’s most wacky and wonderful sheds showcases extraordinary creations vying to be crowned Shed of the Year 2015.  The finalists comprise of the top four sheds in each of the eight categories, and for the second year running will feature on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures, airing on Channel 4 this summer.

Voting to determine the category winners, and who goes through to the next round opens today (18th May) via www.Readersheds.co.uk.

The great British public will have until midday on 29th May to cast their vote on who they think deserves the title of best Eco, Normal, Pub, Workshop & Studio, Unique, Cabin & Summerhouse, Garden Office,Historical and Budget shed.

The category winners will be revealed on the show and will then go head-to-head in a battle to become the overall winner selected by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last year’s overall winner Joel Bird, and George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo. The winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.

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The Shed of the Year competition is the brainchild of shed-fanatic and Head sheddie, Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox) from South Wales, who launched the nationwide competition in 2007.

George Clarke says: “The excitement around this year’s show is electric as myself and the Amazing Spaces team are back for a second time with an even bigger series as it extends by an extra episode. Once again we’ll be travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles visiting the mind-blowing sheds, and the extraordinary talent behind them, all vying to be crowned Shed of the Year 2015.”

Uncle Wilco, Head sheddie of Readersheds says: “Following a record breaking number of entries of over 2,500, the competition is getting bigger and better each year proving that the nation is totally fanatical about garden sheds. This year’s competition also introduces two new categories, ‘Historical’ and ‘Budget’, the latter proving that you don’t have to spend a lot to create something beautiful or wacky. With the competition even fiercer, deciding who will be crowned Shed of the Year 2015 will be no mean feat. Tune in to Channel 4 this summer to follow the journey.”

Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Katie Taylor says: “At Cuprinol, we’re so proud to be the sponsors of Shed of the Year for the fifth year running. We’re absolutely amazed at the creativity of the sheds entered into the competition, and it’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools. More and more, people are using it as an extra living space in which they can spend more time outdoors. We hope the TV show will inspire the nation to cheer up their own garden sheds.”

THE FINALISTS

PUB SHED FINALISTS

Simon’s Night Club: Owned by Simon Steele from Chobham in Surrey.

Simon's nightclub - Simon Steele - Garden in Chobham

Simon’s Night Club sits over a pond and has floor to glass windows that look out onto the garden. The interior contains a bar and chill out area and is filled with a haven of collectables gathered from car boot sales over the years.

The Bikers: Owned by Michael Jelley from Chichester in West Sussex.

The Bikers - Michael Jelley - GardenHand built over several years, The Bikers shed consists of six rooms filled with pub and motorcycle memorabilia. There’s a large workshop for building and repairing bikes, a room for home brewery, a bar, a smoking room and an eating room.

Pirate Retreat: Owned by Keith Brown from Croydon in Surrey.

PIRATE RETREAT - KEITH BROWN - GARDENThe Pirate Retreat is home to pirate themed parties and gatherings of up to 50 people. It’s filled to the brim with pirate themed objects and trinkets from Keith’s holidays to the Caribbean. It also contains a fully stocked bar, a dining area which seats up to 10 people, a dance area, 1000w sound system, disco lighting and an electric drawbridge and moat.

Inshriach Distillery: Owned by Walter Micklethwait from Aviemore in Scotland.

The Inshriach Store, Distillery and Bar - Walter Micklethwait - A farmyard in the Scottish Highlands.Once a dilapidated hen house, the Inshriach Distillery has now become a farm shop which sells carved items, eggs and produce, a saloon bar which is a Wild West themed gin joint and a velour upholstered piano bar. Made out of mostly recycled items including parts of an old dismantled railway station, the Inshriach Distillery has a unique charm and is home to regular parties.

ECO SHED FINALISTS

Owl House: Owned by Tracy Caroline Lewis from Hightown in Liverpool.

The Owl House - Tracy Caroline Lewis - GardenThe Owl House resembles an owl due to the unique curved wooden window frames. It’s made entirely from cob, recycled plywood and collected recycled glass bottles and even has a grass living roof. Used for relaxing in, the Owl House contains a bed and comfy chairs and overlooks coastal sand dunes.

Eco Dome: Owned by Paul Robinson from Brampton in Cumbria.

eco dome - Paul Robinson - Brampton, CumbriaThe spectacular seven meter domed roof is made from aluminium and is used as a woodworking workshop on the ground floor with an office and gym upstairs. The Eco Dome has been used for numerous things from a duck shed to an art studio, to a plant house and a chill out zone for social gatherings.

Rammed Earth: Owned by Michael Thompson from Potter Heigham in Norfolk.

Rammed Earth Eco-Shed - Michael Thompson - Potter Heigham, NorfolkMade using raw materials, mainly earth, the sustainable Rammed Earth shed took 2,700 hours to build and is used as a joinery workshop in which to make wooden bicycles. Having had no previous building experience, owner Michael Thompson now runs practical courses on rammed earth and people from around the world visit the Rammed Earth shed.

Cormacs Bothy: Owned by Cormac Seekings from Fort William in Scotland.

Cormacs Bothy - Cormac Seekings - forestSituated within a forest, Cormacs Bothy is inspired by vernacular architecture of the Carpathians and is built using low grade forest timber, windblown oak and traditional natural preservatives. Used as a work shelter space and retreat for friends, the shed contains a bed and a tin bath.

WORKSHOP & STUDIO SHED FINALISTS

Darkroom No1: Owned by Shener Hathaway from South London

Darkroom No1 - Shener Hathaway - Bottom of GardenDarkroom No1 was built over five years and is used as a retreat from the owner’s everyday building and decorating life, to escape into a world of photography and design. A studio and dark room for producing photography, it houses photography equipment and portraits and has a comfy seating area.

My Lady’s Retreat: Owned by Alban and Angela Bunting from Bath in Somerset.

My Lady's Retreat - Alban & Angela Bunting - In our garden

Overlooking the Mendip Hills, My Lady’s Retreat is a Victorian style working potting shed and greenhouse complete with a porcelain sink and pitch pine stairs that lead up to a little sleeping area. The interior wall is emulsioned with a scumble glaze to give it a Victorian look and contains 1920s electric wall lights and a Victorian cast iron range.

Cabin of the Green Man: Owned by Luke Anthony Wesley from Bedford in Bedfordshire.

cabin of the green man  - Luke Anthony Wesley  -  back garden Cabin of the Green Man is a workshop from which owner Luke Anthony Wesley creates beautifully intricate chainsaw carvings of Green Man faces. Freestanding, the Cabin of the Green Man is made from ash from local woodland, pallets, reclaimed timber and reclaimed glass. The inside walls are made from old pallets, furniture and wooden units.

Eccentrica: Owned by Lyndon Yorke from Booker Common in Buckinghamshire.

Eccentrica - Lyndon - in gardenEccentrica is used as a creative space in which owner Lyndon Yorke makes eccentric creations such as a 1922 Wickerwork Citroen. The quirky shack most notably has WW2 aircraft gun turrets on the roof.

CABIN & SUMMERHOUSE SHED FINALISTS

Teasel’s Wood Cabin: Owned by Rebecca Bunting from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

Teasel's Wood Cabin - John and Rebecca Bunting - Back gardenInspired by American log cabins, the cosy Teasel’s Wood Cabin is a mixture of different American style cabins including Adirondack, Western, New England and Mid-West. The exterior walls are made with larch cladding to achieve an authentic rustic look with cedar shakes on the roof. Used as an extra living space, the interior décor and furniture has been collected from America.

Pixie Cabin: Owned by Mark Burton from Surrey.

Pixie Cabin - Mark Burton - Most of the UKBuilt without a spirit level or tape measure, the Pixie Cabin is designed to look like an old falling down house. It’s uniquely mobile and is used as a tea room, an office, a place to store tools and to keep dry when it rains. It even contains a log burner to keep warm.

Shedible: Owned by Bill Roberts from Newcastle.

Shedible - Bill Roberts - GardenOnce a 14ft redundant burger van, Shedible is now a cosy space containing seating that converts into two large sleeping areas. All items have been handcrafted including an upcycled wood burner made from a gas bottle. The fire place is decorated with hand cut stained glass and mirror mosaic tiles.

Garden Cottage: Owned by Tim Clark from Hastings in East Sussex.

Garden Cottage - Tim Clark - GardenThe Garden Cottage is based on the traditional medieval hall houses which were famous throughout Kent and East Sussex. The oak frame is carved out of solid oak beams and the front is made to look like a cottage with the inside as a normal functional shed. The shed is insulated and is used as a studio for painting and storing pottery.

UNIQUE SHED FINALISTS

Goring Folly: Owned by Timothy Blewitt from Goring-by-Sea in West Sussex.

Goring Folly - Timothy Blewitt - GardenA beautifully constructed building utilising locally reclaimed materials, Goring Folly contains two rooms with lofts above, as well as a tower with spiral steps leading down to a natural well.

Micro shed: Owned by Colin Edmonson from Leigh in Greater Manchester.

Micro shed - Colin Edmondson - On a miniature railway wagon, it can travel around!The Micro Shed is just 4′ x 2′ by 4′ tall, is mobile and is built on a miniature railway wagon. There’s just enough room for a comfy deep buttoned seat, a stove, a model railway and a shelf for a whisky glass.

Terry’s Treehouse: Owned by Terry Meredith from Dursley in Gloucestershire.

Terry's Treehouse - Terry Meredith - garden/pet resort

Terry’s Treehouse is 4.5 metres off the ground supported by four oak trees and has panoramic views of the Cotswold Escarpment, Malvern Hills and Welsh Mountains. Inside, the shed seats 10 people, houses two beds and has a central barbecue for social occasions.

Japanese Tea House: Owned by Derek Verlander from Chelmsford in Essex.

Japanese Tea House shed - Derek Verlander - GardenThe outside is based on a westernised version of a Japanese Tea House, and inside the shed features Japanese ornaments, a tropical fish tank as well as a small bar, tea making facilities, a fridge, a television and sound system.

NORMAL SHED FINALISTS

Dream City Railway: Owned by Roy James from Eastchurch in Kent.

Dream City Railway - Roy James - GardenBuilt over a period of 20 years, Dream City Railway contains one of the largest and most complex standard gauge 0 model railway layouts in the UK. 30 trains run simultaneously through 17 stations automatically controlled from a central control room with the aid of closed circuit televisions. The layout covers 2,000 square feet and contains more than a 100 locomotives and 400 coaches and wagons.

Shedservatory: Owned by Ben Fillmore from Amersham in Buckinghamshire.

Shedservatory - Ben Fillmore - GardenBy night, the Shedservatory is an observatory in which the roof rolls off and opens up to reveal the sky. It houses owner Ben Fillmore’s telescopes for star gazing. By day it’s used as a garden office decorated with colourful rugs.

Maid of Dekkin: Owned by Cormac Hawkins from Egham in Surrey.

Maid of Dekkin - Cormac Hawkins - Floating on the River ThamesMaid of Dekkin is a floating beach hut on a river. Siutated on a decked pontoon, the shed contains an engine and steering wheel and can be driven on water.  Used for relaxing in, the shed is complete with a fold out bed, tables, chairs, a parasol and a drinks trolley.

The Art Zarb Cabin Cinema: Owned by Art Zarb from Oadby in Leicestershire.

THE ART ZARB CABIN CINEMA - Art  Zarb - IN OUR GARDENThe Art Zarb Cabin Cinema is a tailor made 1960s style cinema. It has three tiered rows of four original cinema seats, a ten foot screen, motorised curtains, variable footlights, overhead colour controlled pelmet lighting, projectors and a surround sound system.

HISTORICAL SHED FINALISTS

Starliner Diner: Owned by Chris Galley from Chichester in West Sussex.

Starliner Diner  - Chris Galley - Back Garden Starliner Diner is an Art Deco style, retro diner. Inside it contains a diner booth made from old boat seats, as well as homemade furniture and restored vintage jukeboxes. Complete with air conditioning, a 1950s heating system, lighting effects and internet, the Starliner Diner is home to parties and relaxation.

 

Garden House: Owned by Tim Concannon from Buriton in Hampshire.

The Garden House - Tim Concannon - GardenSemi underground, the Garden House is a copy of a seventh century Anglo-Saxon House with a green roof. Inside it’s furnished with seats and a stove and is used as an art studio as well as a venue for ancient poetry speaking and traditional seventh century dinners.

 

Corrugated Cottage: Owned by Michael Chapman from Glastonbury in Somerset.

Corrugated Cottage  - Michael - GardenOriginally used in WW2 to house land girls, Corrugated Cottage is made of corrugated iron and has been renovated with 1940s and 1950s furniture and collectables including a seating area, kitchen and bathroom.

 

Bernard Shaw’s Writing Hut: Owned by Sue Morgan from Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

Bernard Shaw's Writing Hut - Sue Morgan - At the bottom of garden
Once home to Irish playwright Bernard Shaw, the shed is where Shaw wrote many of his masterpieces including Superman. The shed revolves to catch the sun and is fitted with Vitaglass, a special kind of healthy glass that lets the suns ultraviolet rays through.

BUDGET SHED FINALISTS

The Shed! Owned by Sue Wilson from Cosby in Leicestershire.

The shed! - Sue Wilson - GardenThe Shed! is built from fire wood and off cut oak from a local wood yard. Complete with a veranda overlooking a large pond, The Shed! is used as a place to relax in and for owner Sue Wilson to knit from.

Cliffhanger: Owned by Karen Scott from Cromer in Norfolk.

Cliffhanger  - Karen Scott - Front of house.Situated 50 feet from the cliff edge, Cliffhanger is made from beach hut debris following a tidal surge. As a result the shed cost just £250 to build.

Hillbilly Shed: Owned by Dave Bell from Bedale in North Yorkshire.  

hillbilly - dave bell - on a truckHillbilly Shed is an American themed tiny wood cabin on the back of a Chevrolet truck. lnside is a bed, cooker, toilet, stereo system and cupboards. It’s used as a place to sleep when owner Dave Bell travels to events and festivals.

Ty Mynydd Fach (Little Mountain Hut): Owned by Andy Walker from Bolton in Lancashire.

Ty mynydd fach - Andy walker - GardenInspired by owner Andy Walker’s love of mountain climbing, Ty Mynydd Fach is in the style of an alpine hut and is entirely hand built using a wealth of recycled materials. Timber beams, pine panelling, marquetry, quirky accessories, carvings and beautiful lighting brings a touch of the peaks to Andy’s garden.

 

Update 22May  :We have added the Garden Office category back in

Many thanks to all the sheddies who have given so much of their time and effort building their amazing and perfect spaces

– I salute you.

Shed of the year 2015 – Right what happens next? – may involve sheds & voting

Many thanks sheddies for all your entries for Shed of the year 2015

We have had 430 new entries this year! – so that makes a total 2520 sheds entered overall with a chance of winning!

Right what happens next?

Voting

The judges will now create a short list of FOUR shed finalists for each category; Normal, Eco, Garden Office, Cabin & Summerhouse, Workshops & Studios, Unique & Pub Sheds.

This year we have added two new categories to the competition; Historical and Budget.

Myself, the judges and Mr George Clarke and his team will consider applications for every category.

We will choose 4 finalists for the existing 7 categories and allocate 4 sheds as finalists for each of the two new categories. All finalists will then be contacted.

Public voting for category winners will open on 18th May 2015 (I will publicise a link so you can vote for them on one page)

You will be then able to vote on which shed you want to win its category over on readersheds.co.uk

Public voting closes Noon 29th May 2015

Winners

All the shortlisted sheds will then go on to the Channel 4 Television show Amazing Spaces Shed of the year with George Clarke where each
category winner and the overall Shed of the year winner will announced.

Thanks sheddies

You lot have made my year again – I never thought this niche shed based competition I created in 2007 would come to this

I would love to give my thanks to our sponsors Cuprinol for all their help and of course Channel 4 and Plum Pictures for bringing my shed
dream to the screen again this year.

All the best

Wilco

cuprinolshedoftheyear

The continuing rise of She Sheds – Lady Sheddies Rule

Sheds in the eyes of the media have always been a male dominated area, here in our little shed world we have always supported the lady sheddies.

Now on the internet after the big “new things” of Pub Sheds it’s now the lady sheds that are becoming popular or SHE SHEDS – it’s great that the rest of the world has finally joined our world.

Lady Sheddies have rocked the shed world since day one and lets hope it continues forever.

and I wonder which Shed Type they will all be jumping on next? TARDIS sheds maybe?

Here are a selection of of the outstanding sheds owned or built by ladies.

LAURA’S LODGE

Laura's Lodge  - laura worgan  - garden

BEACH HUT

Beach Hut - Judy Cowan - In our romantic garden

TANIA’S SPACE
Tania's space - Tania Dockree - garden

GARDENING SHED

gardening shed - Judith Tomline - garden

THE OWL HOUSE

The Owl House - Tracy Caroline Lewis - Garden

COCKTAIL BAR

Cocktail Bar - Hannah - Garden

THE BUNKER BAR

The Bunker Bar - Sue Newton - Garden

THE SHED !

The Shed !  - Catherine Dupuy - Garden

MARGATE TERRACE TIKI BAR

Margate Terrace Tiki Bar - Teresa Frith - Deck build over a 3 car garage

THE SNUG

The Snug - Jan Watts - The Snug is in our garden. Part of the Parky Thing (named that by Amy, one of our 9 grandchildren)

COBALT PARADISE

Cobalt Paradise  - Lucy - In My Garden

THE DOG HOUSE

The Dog House - Renee Castle - Garden

Win a Cuprinol Spray & Brush to cheer up your garden & shed

Our Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol have given us some of their new product Spray & Brush to give away.

At Cuprinol we believe that beautiful, colourful wood can transform any garden into a brighter, more inviting place to be. And spring is the perfect time to do just that.

That’s why we’ve developed Cuprinol Spray & Brush.

Combining the precision of a brush and the speed of a spray, and backed by a three-year guarantee, it’s the quickest, easiest way to give your garden an exciting new look using Cuprinol Garden Shades or Cuprinol One Coat Sprayable.

To be in with a chance of winning one of Spray & Brush devices – then please fill in the form below which will involve sharing this post on twitter :) I will then pick two random people after the closing date to win the product.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cuprinol: Spray & Brush Painting Demo

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces gets a British Academy Television Awards nomination

Amazing news today – George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces has received a Bafta Television Awards nomination

Grand Designs, The Great British Bake Off and Long Lost Family demonstrate their enduring appeal with nominations in the Features category. In its third series, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces receives its first nomination, completing the Features line-up.

Of course I’m sure Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year and you sheddies helped to get the nomination as everyone loves a shed – congrats to the brilliant team at Plum Pictures for all their efforts on this great series and of course to George and Will who have inspired a lot of people to get out there and build their amazing spaces.

Catch up with Amazing Spaces on Channel 4.

What one feature do you wish your shed had?

Just a quick poll to find out what’s missing (or not) from your shed.

Some great examples of sheds that have these features already

Solar Power
THE SHACK

The Shack - andy hope - in a field

POWER SHANTY

power shanty - Bruno Van Opstal - Regina

Green Roof
ALLOTMENT ROOF SHED

Allotment Roof Shed - Joel Bird - London

ECO BIKE HØØSE

eco bike høøse - marcus shields - Camden Town

Bar

 
THE OOTBACK INN

The Ootback Inn - Michael - Back Garden

SHENANIGANS

Shenanigans - Darren - Garden

 

Tv/Games/ Entertainment
STRACHAN’S ARCADE

Strachan's Arcade - James Strachan - Garden

THE ART ZARB CABIN CINEMA

THE ART ZARB CABIN CINEMA - Art  Zarb - IN OUR GARDEN

Workshop
POSH SHED

Posh shed - Ian - Back Garden

MY SEWING SHED

my sewing shed - Artemis Russell - Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

The Americans have finally GOT what you do – plus Pub Sheds

We have loved sheds for years and years but it’s great that our American cousins have finally started to realise that a garden shed is not just for storing stuff but for enhancing your whole life.

A few sites have picked up on the Pub Sheds – as if they are a NEW thing – the more the merrier we say.

View the latest sheds photos added for Shed of the year

Even if you have not entered shed of the year 2015 yet (Why not!)

You can view the latest photos added to the sheddies shed pages by following @readersheds on twitter – every time new photos are added the power of shedautomation posts a new tweet (using the excellent @ifttt)

 

Some recent examples

Amazing Spaces Shed of the year 2015 TV show – four episodes this year!

Calling all sheddies! I have some exciting news to share with you.

Following the success of last year’s TV series for Channel 4, ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ is officially returning for a second series and will be airing this summer! Even better, this year will consist of four episodes instead of three.

So there’s no better time to get your entries in before the closing date of 7th 21st April 2015 for your chance to be on this year’s TV show.

There’s also a slight change to the competition that I wanted to notify you of. Following the entry closing date, this year, myself and the Channel 4 team will be judging the best four sheds in each category which will become the shortlist. It will then be down to you, the great British public, to vote for the sheds that you think best deserves to win a place in the final.

The 2015 overall winner will be chosen by myself and George Clarke and his team, and will be announced on ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ this summer. Stay tuned for more details.

Shedonomic report 2015 – and what you need to know about Shed of the year 2015

Dead rodents, retro cassette tapes and World War 2 gas masks are just some of the bizarre items that Brits are guilty of hoarding in their garden sheds, according to the annual Shed’onomic report.

The new research released by Cuprinol today reveals that the garden shed is worth over £8billion(1) to the British economy, with over 21million(2) people in the UK now owning a shed. The research forms part of the annual Shed’onomic report – an in-depth study of the nation’s shed behaviour, to mark the start of the annual ‘Shed of the Year’ competition, sponsored by Cuprinol.

The report also found that ‘Sheddies’ will spend nearly a year(3) in their sheds during their life, but that nearly three quarters of Brits (71 per cent) are hoarding useless items in sheds, with nearly a third (32 per cent) admitting their shed is so messy they can barely get through the door!

Whilst the latest Shed’onomic figures certainly supports the notion of Britain being a nation of shed lovers, it seems shed neglect is a problem sweeping the nation and endangering our garden staple.

Given this, Cuprinol is urging sheddies to clear out the junk and cheer up their sheds in to a garden sanctuary and enter it in the Shed of the Year competition. The best sheds of this year will also feature in the second series of ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures, airing on Channel 4 in the summer. Following its success last year, this year’s show will feature an extra episode.

However, it’s not all junk that we are storing, the shed has really become an extension of the home with the average shed-owner filling their shed with contents worth over £458. 32 per cent of Brits also have electricity, 41 per cent have heating and lighting in their shed allowing them to house expensive game consoles (6 per cent), TVs (7 per cent), a sofa (5 per cent) and 3 per cent even have a sunbed.

And it’s no wonder we’re investing time and money in our sheds, as 5 per cent of Brits admit to using it to partake in sexual activities, while 12 per cent of Brits use their shed to get away from their partner and 9 per cent revealed it’s the preferred place to make secret phone calls (9 per cent). Most Brits, 30 per cent, will also use the shed to hide items from their partner, including things like presents.

Jane Yelloly, Cuprinol Senior Brand Manager, comments:
“It’s clear from this year’s report that the nation are still fanatical about their sheds. Both ownership and value figures are up on last year, which is great for the annual Shed of the Year competition, which keeps growing in popularity year on year. We really do hope it will inspire those who are hoarding useless items to clear out their sheds and show them some love.

“Whatever you use your shed for, the annual Shed of the Year competition celebrates the best of British sheds and Cuprinol are proud to be the official sponsors for the fourth year running. If you think your shed deserves the worthy title, make sure you enter via www.readersheds.co.uk from now until 7th 21st April.”

Some examples of the great entries this year

The shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol, is the brainchild of shed-fanatic Andrew (Uncle Wilco) Wilcox, who launched the nationwide competition eight years ago to celebrate the best of British sheds.

Andrew (Uncle Wilco) Wilcox said:
“Since launching the competition I’ve certainly seen a trend towards people viewing their garden shed as an extension of the home. We’ve had some brilliant winners over the past few years, from a Roman Temple shed and Pirate shed, to pub and music themed sheds. With the TV series launching last year it’s great to see the great British shed getting the recognition it deserves.”

Last year’s winner was Joel Bird from London for his Allotment Roof Shed – Built from scratch using recycled materials and used to grow an array of vegetables. Eco-friendly lights, powered by a solar panel, are used to light the inside and when winter sets in, a wood burner keeps the fire alive and heats the shed without the need of a gas supply or radiator – proving its eco-friendly credentials.

  • How can sheddies enter their sheds?

Sheddies have until 7th April 21st April to enter their sheds, so if you think your shed has what it takes to be crowned the Shed of the Year 2015, you can enter it via www.readersheds.co.uk and you may find yourself and your shed appearing on this year’s TV show.

  • How can people vote for their favourite and when are the winners announced?

This year, myself, Amazing Spaces presenter George Clarke and his team and last year’s winner Joel Bird will decide the shortlisted sheds. This will consist of the top four/five sheds in each category which be announced in May when public voting opens for the Great British public to decide the winning shed in each category.

  • What is the prize for the best shed?

As well as the prestigious title of Shed of the Year, the winner will receive £1,000 from sponsors Cuprinol plus an additional £100 worth of Cuprinol products, a winner’s plaque and a crown for their shed.

 

Top five useless items kept in sheds:

  • Old tools (77 per cent)
  • Rusty bikes (39 per cent)
  • Old house furniture (34 per cent)
  • Broken deck chairs (34 per cent)
  • Old sports gear (33 per cent)

Most unusual items people admitted to having in their sheds:

  • Dead rodents
  • Relatives ashes
  • Ex-husband’s old footwear
  • Old bird food
  • A stuffed owl
  • Punctured paddling pools
  • False teeth
  • School memorabilia
  • Hamster cages
  • Cassette tapes

(1)Based on Shedonomic research showing the average cost of a shed (£316.05) plus the average cost of doing up a shed (£67.95) (which equals £384) multiplied by the estimated number of sheds in the UK (3)

(2)The UK adult population is 64,100,000, according to the most recent figures provided by the Office of National Statistics and the average household has two adults. 21,153,000 is an estimation based on 66 per cent of the total UK adult population owning a shed and each shed being owned by an average household of two people

(3) Based on Shedonomic research showing Brits spend an average of 1.7 hours per week or 3.75 days per year in their shed, multiplied the average adult life expectancy of 79.5 years – 18 for children)

I love the sugru little videos

I’m a big fan of the super rubber thing Sugru but their little videos show what it can do in a few seconds.