National Shed Week 2015 – Brits spend almost a year of their lives in their sheds

As amazing spaces shed of the year is on the telly  – I have calmed down a bit about Shed Week as you can have too much sheds (ed.. you sure Wilco) anyway our friends at Cuprinol have come up with these stats.

Brits love their sheds so much they would even get married in

  •  Brits spend almost a year of their lives in their sheds
  •  1 in 10 people claimed that they would happily get married in their sheds
  • The total cost of the sheds in this year’s Shed of the Year competition could buy a house in Manchester

Today marks the start of National Shed Week and it seems the British love affair with its sheds is showing no signs of dwindling as 1 in 10 25 – 34 year olds claimed that they would happily get married in their sheds

More people than ever tuned in to Channel 4 last night to watch two more Sheddies make it to the final of this year’s Shed of the Year competition, sponsored by Cuprinol.

The competition has received a record number of entries, with more than 2,500 people wanting the chance to take the crown of Shed of the Year 2015.

The humble garden shed is now worth over £8 billion to the British economy, with more than 21 million people in the UK now owning a shed.

Nearly three quarters of Brits (71 per cent)1 admit to hoarding useless items in sheds, such as old tools, rusty bikes and furniture, yet the average contents are worth £2,0002.

However this is certainly not the case with the finalists in this year’s competition, with the sheds containing items from a state of the art telescope, a cinema and even a gin distillery.

The 36 finalists have spent a combined total of over £180,000 building, decorating and adorning their sheds. That’s the equivalent to a three bed detached house in Manchester, or a one bed flat in London.

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

Andrew Wilcox (Uncle Wilco) said: “Since launching the competition I’ve certainly seen a trend towards people getting more creative and viewing their garden shed as an extension of the home.

The response to the competitionthis year has been unbelievable and it’s been really tough trying to agree on the 36 finalists as there were some phenomenal entries across all of the categories.

“The second TV series just shows how big the appetite is for Sheddies it’s great to see the great British shed getting the recognition it deserves.”

The winner of Shed of the Year 2015 will be crowned in the final installment of

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year produced by Plum Pictures on Sunday the 12th of July.


This is the reason I love my sheddies – Shed Week Poem

Sheddie Darius has written a poem dedicated to the sheddies (oh and me, blush)

many thanks Darius, who is the owner of the Beach Hut shed btw

I wonder if any other sheddies are being creative to show off their love for sheds, this year? – let me know , or if you can do a remix of Darius poem as a rap (thinking chart success for him) 🙂

Shed of the year 2013 Enter now plus read all about Cuprinol’s Shed’onomics

A massive shed welcome to our Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol who after the success of the last few years have decided to get involved with my little shed based competition and have given us £1000 as a prize to the winning shed! 🙂

They have also come up with a report reveals the extent of Britain’s love affair with the weird and wonderful worlds of the garden shed… – of course we had an idea you lot did anyway 🙂

It’s a staple of any quintessentially British garden, that place where you keep the old lawnmower, stacks of old papers, and the bike you haven’t ridden on for 10 years. However, a new report released today reveals the true extent of Britain’s love affair with the humble garden shed – so much so, that the average shed owner in the UK will spend a year of their life in their shed.

That’s according to the Shed’onomics report, which found that two thirds of the UK are proud owners of a garden shed and that 48% of those owners said they’d be lost without it.

The findings also show some of the more unusual uses of our garden shed. It found that 6% of those who owned a shed said they wished to be buried there, whilst 6% of men admitted to actually ‘getting frisky’ in their shed to spice up their love life. Perhaps more surprisingly, 12% of people actually admitted to spending time in their shed over spending time with their family.

The report has been released to coincide with annual The Shed of the Year competition, which has been celebrating the best of British sheds for the last seven years. From working pubs and even diners, to a Dr Who Tardis and Pirate abode, it’s clear the sheds of Britain are an inspiration for so many of us.

So if your shed is already a little unusual and deserves celebrating, then why not enter? You could even win £1,000 courtesy of Cuprinol.

  • 65% of Brits own a shed
  • 22% of men spend time in their shed to avoid an argument with their partner or family
  • 6% of men admit to getting frisky in their shed to spice up their love life
  • 6% would like to be buried in their shed
  • 12% prefer to spend time in their shed rather than with their family
  • 25% say their shed makes them more relaxed
  • 7% have a special name for their shed
  • What are the most unusual objects that people store in their sheds?

    Cuprinol’s research has identified some of the most weird and wonderful objects people store in their shed. The top ten include:

  • A wedding dress
  • Ashes from a family member’s cremation
  • A Sinclair C5
  • Christmas presents
  • A church organ blower
  • Stuffed animals
  • A chicken coop
  • Porn
  • Model aircrafts
  • A tile from Genghis Khan’s palace
  • Other strange items that Cuprinol found also include a swimming pool, sex toys and one sheddie even admitted to keeping a cardboard cut-out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in their shed!

    How do I enter

    The Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol is an online competition in search of the best sheds from across the nation! It is open to anyone with a shed.

    You can enter through and the competition closes on 3rd May 2013 with winners announced during Shed Week (1-7th July 2013).

    Sheds no longer have to just be about storing garden tools or old furniture, with a bit of imagination they can be a great additional space to your home.

    Some entries are extensions of the home and are used as summerhouses where people can relax and enjoy their gardens. Others have been turned into private pubs, studios or offices but what makes the best sheds really stand out is the creative or innovative way in which the sheds have been transformed.

    Even with just a lick of Cuprinol’s paint range of garden shades, the humble wooden shed can be instantly and easily turned into an inviting and cosy room that you will be proud of.

    What does the winning sheddie receive?

    The winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of Cuprinol and the chance to be a judge in next year’s competition.

    Who are the judges?

  • Uncle Wilco (Head Judge and founder of Shed of the Year)
  • Sarah Beeny, TV Presenter
  • Alex Johnson from
  • John Plumbridge, Shed of the year 2012 Winner
  • The research for Cuprinol was carried out online by Fly Research in January 2013 amongst a panel resulting in 1,002 British shed owning adults. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

    To get the latest news about #shedoftheyear check out
    on twitter or our facebook page

    Shed Week Guest post: Powering your shed

    Shed of the year 2012 Finalist – Kevin from the Solar Shed has written a guest post about powering your shed – this is something that I get asked a lot so better ask the expert!

    Shedding some light on the issue!

    Over the years, Shed men and women have often pondered as to how to power up their wooden edifices, and be able to see when its dark, stay warm in the winter when preparing the ‘plot’, make a brew and all the other things that shed folk would like, to make life easier.

    There are two main locations for sheds and shelters, Gardens and communal allotments.

    We’ll start with the communal allotments.  Now, as attractive the idea of a allotment is, and with rising food prices and people conscious of ‘food miles’  more and more Brits are growing their own.  A couple of years ago, more seeds for food were sold in the UK than flowers.

    This says something about our environmental credentials than anything else.  But at certain times of the year, or even the day, you may not want to out on the land and who can think of anything better than an hour sitting down drinking herbal tea freshly picked from the plot?

    So, our first line of energy has to be HEAT.  This itself is simple and if you’ve ever been camping in a field, you’ll know how to do this.  A simple gas stove and a tin kettle is all you need.  I recently took possession of an old Shepherds stove, which is a mini wood burner.

     It would have had a life in a stone or wooden shelter and would keep the shepherd dry and warm during a down pour or cold winter on the Fells or Hillside.

     A simple stove can heat water and cook food which in turn gives you the energy that you need to keep going when working the land.  On my old allotments in Sydenham, South London, we would meet for breakfast around the sheds of an old Jamaican guy called Alvin.  He would pick some black mint, brew up and then start on the food.

    Fresh fried onion, cabbage, potatoes and a few fresh leave sprinkled on top and bingo, eat your heart out Gordon Ramsey.  Simple living made easy.  But what about lighting I hear you ask,  the Council allotments don’t always allow electricity to be piped into the shed or even water in many many cases.  So, as water is so essential to the food grower, there are two simple methods for collection.

    One is to place butts around the shed and collect from a down pipe from the roof.  By linking several butts together, you can easily get enough water to last between downpours.  By adding a simple mesh plug, covered with the wife’s nylons, you can filter out the nasties and get fairly fresh water without the bits that make it go green and smelly.  And boiled water will kill any bugs as well.

     If you have a big plot and don’t fancy carrying watering cans to the far end of the plot, try suspending a 1 meter sheet of clear plastic (stronger the better) over 4 wooden stakes, with a small hole in the plastic to allow the captured water to fall into a butt placed underneath.  Water is life, not only for you, but also the plants and food you grow!

    When it comes to lighting, there are many methods to get free light into your shed.  The first, more costly method is by fitting a simple Solar lights systems.  These can be purchased from many outlets, but by going for one with at least 5 l.e.d.s, you will not have to worry about buying more than one or two.  These are simple systems which consist of a small solar panel that attaches to the light unit.

    Mine switch on automatically when i walk into the shed, which could also scare a would be intruder as well! I have placed a mirror close to the light to reflect even more light to the dark corners! The panels charge the battery in the light unit during the day and then you use the energy when its needed at dusk or nightfall.

    For those with dark sheds, even during the day, you can cut a hole in the roof and place a water filled plastic bottle into the hole.  Light transfers through the clear plastic and water and gives free light underneath.  By putting a small spoon full of bleach into the water first, will keep it clean and clear for years to come.  Remember to ‘seal’ the bottle and hole to avoid any damp getting in and rusting up any tools left on sight.


    Garden sheds and offices.

    Depending on use and aspiration, garden sheds can become more like weekend retreats, just have a look through the entrants of this years Shed of the Year and see the inspirational sheds at the bottom of the garden.  Rigging up a simple extension lead from the house is one solution to getting your energy but for the more environmentally conscious among us, you may be thinking ‘Green’

    This will indeed cost more money but everything CAN be done without costing the earth.  Again, think solar.  Having panels feeding electricity into a battery is simple enough and there are plenty of demo videos out there on youtube and the like.

     As I work within the Renewable energy industry and I have a large shed, I have had 8 x 250w panels fitted which are connected to the grid.  This gives me free power during the day and I also earn money from the Feed In Tariff scheme that has driven solar sales in recent years.

     Simpler ‘Off-grid’ systems require a certain level of know-how, but if you are good with wires and batteries anything can be achieved.

    When you have free electricity and free water it is amazing what you can do.  Now that we are in a Drought and have a hose pipe ban, I have placed an 800 liter water butt to my Solar Shed and placed a water butt pump inside.

     It is connected to a hose that has several diverters connected to it.  I have attached various hoses to the ‘rigg’ that allow me to water, soak, clean, and use as much water as I can harvest from the roofs without using mains water.

     As the panels produce a lot of electricity, and the pump uses 350w p/hour, I always make sure I am producing more energy than the pump requires so as to maximise my set up without using any ‘normal’ electricity which is getting more expensive by the day it seems!  I have now placed timers on my water pumps so I only use the energy I generate at the peak of the suns power.

     It costs me nothing to water a half acre plot which gives us about 75% of our fruit and veg over a year.  Free water, free electricity and other than a few seeds and many hours of pleasurable toil on the land, it really is cost free living.

    Shedlife is becoming more and more of a socially acceptable leisure activity and by thinking green, living green you can have the good life without going back to the dark ages.

    Kevin Holland left the Police after 17yrs to become an environmental consultant. He has reduced his domestic bills to next to nothing, is a now a net exporter of electricity and uses very little grid tied utilities.

    You can follow me on Twitter @TheSolarShed

    Shed Week Guest post: Shed Inventors

    Andy from Workshopshed has written this guest shedblog post for Shed Week 2012 on something close to his tinkering in the shed heart – Shed Inventors.

    From my own experience the shed is a great place for making and repairing things, it provides space to work and store tools and allows me to keep projects on the go without having to pack up for other activities such as having dinner; I used to work on the kitchen table.  The shed provides solace so that I can think and work free of distractions. I don’t really see myself as an inventor as my shed projects are mostly repairing or adapting existing items, however there are many others who do use their sheds for inventing.

    The shed inventor is often depicted as a Caractacus Potts or Heath Robinson character creating wacky gadgets or perpetual motion machines.


    This does not really reflect the true nature of the shed inventor who typically creates more down to earth inventions. Recent examples of shed inventors include Emily Cummins who created an evaporative refrigerator for use in situations where there is no electricity, Scottish inventor John Braithwaite who specialises in 3D television systems and Ian Harding who designed a cash machine security device. Both Powergen and the Ministry of Defence also value the input from shed inventors as back in 2006 they both launched programmes seeking new talent.

    Shedworking has reported on some famous examples of shed inventors, with automotive inventors being particularly prevalent. Harley-Davidson, Damiler and Renault all started in sheds. Henry Ford also had a small workshop behind his house in which he developed his first car, the “Quadrocycle”. Wallace and Gromit animator Nick Park’s father was also a shed inventor and Nick commented that his constant tinkering in the garden shed was an inspiration to him.

    The numbers of shed inventors in the UK is not entirely clear as many don’t publicise their creations. A recent Nesta survey suggested that the number of inventors in the UK could be as high as 3 million, however that does include people I’d categories as makers, fixers or hackers rather than inventors and it definitely includes people without sheds! China is also noted as having a culture of garden shed inventors, these shanzhai builders include people who have built walking robots, human powered planes and even a helicopter. An earlier US study also commented that only 10% of the inventions they had seen were likely to succeed as commercial ventures however they also noted that many of the inventors they interviewed “had no entrepreneurial aspirations.”.

    Some shed inventors do have aspirations, for example successful inventor Paul Klipsch clocked up over 20 patents and ran a successful loudspeaker company which was started in a shed. He was still inventing in his 70s with his last patent in 1983. Wikipedia lists many more serial inventors but fails to mention if they had sheds or not.

    Not all inventors are based in sheds, some of them have invented sheds. Looking at just US patents turned up 58,000 results for shed. An early example is Franz Blab’s folding shed from 1899.

    Patent GB189800206 – An Improved Folding Shed especially suitable for Cycles.

    “Lone Inventors are heroes. Unaffordable patents and Blue Chips which ignore them -yet they don’t stop creating” – Patrick Andrews (BritSkills)
    “They’re an unfairly neglected and derided innovation resource. “ Graham Barker (A Better Mousetrap)

    Thanks to Shedworking, Patrick Andrews and Graham Barker



    The winner of shed of the year 2012 – is the pub shed “Woodhenge” owned by John Plumridge

    It’s with great pleasure I announce the winner of Shed of the year 2012 – Wood Henge owned by John Plumridge from Shrewsbury.


    It was a such great example of the passion that the sheddies have and it’s amazing that John just started with a pagoda in this garden and has built his shed up from nothing into a great space for friends and family – John mainly used recycled wood from a shut down garden centre to make the majority of the

    its a brilliant use of space and shows that with some time and lots of effort you can create the prefect escape down the bottom of the garden.

    I loved how he has turned the walls inside into a feature showing off all the empty beer bottles that he and the many visitors to Woodhenge have consumed over the past four years.

    John tells me he’s not finished yet – so I look forward to seeing the additions and no idea what he’s going to to with his other sheds (yes he has lots)


     Feel free to use the photos online but please link back here.

    This years competition was the toughest yet as all the finalists had so much going for them all and many unique ways of using their sheds.

    Many thanks to all the sheddies who have worked hard this year and have campaigned to get their sheds noticed.

    From our Sponsors Cuprinol.

    From more than 2,000 creative garden dens, the winner of the highest shed accolade has been announced. John Plumridge from Shrewsbury will be raising a glass in his pub shed as it is crowned the winner of the 2012 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol.

    The humble garden shed has offered Brits a sanctuary from the stresses of family life for decades, but now this Shropshire sheddie has taken the concept to new heights with his quaintly named Woodhenge Pub Shed. Spending over four years converting his beloved shed, John completed it with a beer bottle collection of over 500 real ales and 110 ciders, all on display for local sheddies who often pop by for a swift pint.

    John Plumridge,  “When I was told I’d won the competition, I was absolutely thrilled. Normally I’m a very chatty and jovial person but I did find myself lost for words and I must confess to having “shed” a tear. I’ve been working on “Woodhenge” for around four years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t even hazard a guess at the cost involved but it’s a great venue for our family and friends to party in and the good thing is we haven’t got too far to get home.”

    This worthy winner has been announced to launch the start of National Shed Week (2nd – 8th July). In preparation for this sought after accolade, shed obsessed Brits up and down the country have spent the last year restoring, renovating and patiently pottering in preparation for the annual celebration of their garden getaways. And all in the hope of taking home the grand prize of £1000 cash and shed loads of products from sponsors Cuprinol, but more importantly, the honour of being crowned the nation’s best shed.

    The Shed of the year judges – ‘Head Sheddie’ and creator of the competition Uncle Wilco, property guru and shed fan Sarah Beeny, world famous author & sheddie Neil Gaiman,  author and creator of Shedworking Alex Johnson, and 2011 winner Jon Earl – picked from the most creative, innovative and barmy entries.

    Sarah Beeny “Shed of the Year is a great inspiration and clearly encourages people to get creative with their sheds. I am really happy that a pub shed has won after I created my own Kings Head pub shed for Cuprinol, which is currently on display in Rufford Park in Nottingham. Hopefully others will be inspired to create their own sheddy haven too.”

    John’s pub shed which won the pub shed category went on to beat off stiff competition from the winners of the seven other competition categories including Normal, Eco, Garden Office, Cabin/Summerhouse, Workshop/Studio, Unique, Pub and Tardis. Entries included homage to Dr Who’s Tardis, a floating shed, mini post office museum and an eco friendly solar shed.

    Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol Marketing Manager, comments: “This years Shed of the Year competition has seen some of the quirkiest entries ever, proving that the humble shed is no longer just a convenient storage solution and is now an important addition to the home. Cuprinol’s recent celebrity sheddies, Vic Reeves, Sarah Beeny, Joanne Harris, Alex Johnson and Christian O’Connell, have proven to be true inspirations as entries have flooded in from budding sheddies across the nation. We are proud to award the prize to this worthy winner who has created something which is fast becoming a British institution – a pub at the end of your garden.”

    With over 15 million shed owners in the UK2 it’s no surprise that Cuprinol has seen shed loads of entries from up and down the country. Those in London submitted the most shed entries (63) followed by 42 sheddies in Kent then those in Lancashire and Essex with 35 shed entries each.

    And it was the Garden Office category which proved the very popular this year seeing more than 125 entries – perhaps not surprisingly as 29 per cent of people now admit to using their favourite outdoor hideout as a place to work.

    So if you think your garden retreat has what it takes to be crowned Shed of the Year, why not submit your entry from August for the 2013 competition at!


    Top 3 sheds

    1st Woodhenge John[ Henry] Plumridge,A garden in Shrewsbury

    2nd The Water Shed Geoff Hill, Smuggler’s Cove, Aberdyfi – Gwynedd

    3rd  The Stencil Shed –  “Syd” – Malmesbury, Wiltshire


    I will later in the week post the top ten in each category as I know you sheddies like to see how you did.

    The Finalists for Shed of the year 2012 are …

    The winner has been announced – Woodhenge

    If this page is not loading properly you can see all the finalists over on the main interweb site readersheds 🙂

    The winner will be announced during National Shed Week – which starts on July 2nd 2012 – so keep an eye on or follow Head sheddie @unclewilco on twitter

    After a brilliant last few months some amazing sheds and very talented and innovative sheddies – the time has come to announce the sheds that have made it to the final of Shed of the year 2012 – which of course is sponsored by our friends at Cuprinol.

    Some frantic last minute voting and a lot of sheddies canvassing for votes on the social networks but the eight sheds with the highest votes in the public competition are.

    Eco Shed category

    The Solar Shed Kevin Holland Norfolk

    The Solar Shed - Kevin 'The Shedman' Holland
    A category that gets stronger every year – with a lot of people going the green way of doing things in their shed.

    Normal Shed category

    Mark’s Folly Mark Mason,Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

    Mark's Folly - Mark Mason
    They may be called a Folly but I think you will have to agree that this normal shed is great

    Garden Office category

    Bostin Betty Paula,Landlocked in Birmingham

    Bostin Betty - Paula
    It’s great to see a Shepard’s hut design being used for a bit of shedworking

    Cabin/Summerhouse category

    Colne Valley Postal History Museum Steve Knight,Halstead, Essex

    Colne Valley Postal History Museum - Steve Knight
    This years category winner shows the passion sheddies have for odd things!

    Workshop/Studio category

    The Stencil Shed Syd,Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Workshop/Studio

    If Banksy was Skint, The Stencil Shed - Syd
    A very creative space with a very off the shed wall sheddie

    Unique shed category

    The Water Shed Geoff Hill,Smuggler’s Cove

    The Water Shed - Geoff Hill
    It’s not called unique for nothing – each year in this category you play a blinder sheddies!


    Pub shed category

    Woodhenge John[ Henry] Plumridge,A garden in Shrewsbury

    The most highly fought category and what is becoming a British institution – A pub at the end of your garden

    Tardis shed category

    BlueBox Type 40 John Williams,Newport, South Wales

    Blue Box
    John has taken the category again this year – with his wonderful example of the time lords famous shed 😉

    I do hope you will join me in saying what a great effort the sheddies have gone to again this year and an amazing collection of garden buildings – a lot of quirkyness this year but with a practical edge.

    Now it’s up to the shed judges (Sarah Beeny , Neil Gaiman, Alex from shedworking, Shed of the year 2011 Winner Jon Earl  and my goodself) to make the difficult decision, who out of these sheds will be Shed of the year 2012 – The winner will be announced during Shed Week – which starts on July 2nd 2012

    During Shed week I will also post the Top 5 sheds in each category so that the other sheddies can see how they did.

    If you are in the media and want to feature any of these sheddies – then please feel free to contact me.

    The end is in sight for entry to Shed of the year 2012 : Closes May 20th 2012

    The time has gone so quickly the past few weeks – but now it’s getting serious you now have less than 2 weeks to get your shed onto – with a few photos and info on your shed build.

    Public voting will start two weeks today on the 21st May – each shed page will have a Vote button – so feel free to vote for as many sheds as you want – the votes will not display on the shed pages – I will have them locked up in old safe in my shed.

    Once the voting ends – I will tally up the votes for the sheds in each of the categories

     [Normal ] [Eco ] [Garden Office] [Cabin/Summerhouse] [Workshop/Studio] [Unique] [Pub] [Tardis]

    and then the winner in each category will then go on to shed of the year judges to make a decision which amazing structure is Shed of the year 2012 and that will be announced during shed Week 2012 – starting July 2nd 🙂

    The winner will not only get the title of shed of the year – but £1000 prize from our sponsors cuprinol – the runners up will not retreat to their sheds empty handed – they will get some great Cuprinol products to keep their shed in top nick for the coming year.

    Shed judges for 2012 are Sarah Beeny , Neil Gaiman, Alex from shedworking, Shed of the year 2011 Winner Jon Earl and me – uncle wilco.

    So good luck to entrants old and new, including some of these great sheds added recently – this years quality of sheds has been amazing – each year you sheddies just not only bring your humour and good natured rivalry but your great love of that building down the bottom of the garden – of course we all know which we know is not just that 🙂


    Seb’s Office

    Seb's Office - Henry Posner
    Henry Posner

    Crafty Palace

    Crafty Palace - Caz
    Redhill, Surrey


    If Banksy was Skint, The Stencil Shed.

    If Banksy was Skint, The Stencil Shed.  - Syd
    Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    Shed-dingham Palace

    Shed-dingham Palace - Michelle Hides
    Michelle Hides
    Bottom of the garden

    Shed to Match the Greenhouse

    Shed to Match the Greenhouse - Nigel Walters
    Nigel Walters
    Wombleton, N Yorks

    Mick’s Cabin

    Mick's Cabin - Val Brookes
    Val Brookes
    Garden, South Birmingham uk

    The Royal Retreat

    The Royal Retreat - Amy Williams
    Amy Williams
    In the Garden, Aiskew, NorthYorkshire

    Lily Beach

    Lily Beach - Nick Munson
    Nick Munson
    Dovercourt Beach

    It’s not over until the big International Shed is announced

    Shed week could not end without a post about the great sheds from all over the world, we have had a hundreds of sheds added from overseas and even though we don’t have an offical International Shed of the year (It would need a sponsor so I could give a prize) but it’s wonderfull to see so many non UK sheddies sharing their sheds.

    – not all the category  had votes for International sheds – so here is the rundown of the top 5 this year a large (and by large I also mean massive) North American bias but hopefully the Europeans can fight back next time.

    Number 5

    PV Lawn Cube 2011

    PV Lawn Cube 2011 - Bradd Crowley
    Bradd Crowley
    Prairie Village, KS USA

    Number 4

    The Cranbrook Inn

    The Cranbrook Inn  - John Looser
    John Looser
    Belgrave , Ontario , Canada

    Number 3


    House of Fallen Timbers

    House of Fallen Timbers - Fallen Timbers
    Fallen Timbers
    Illinois, USA

    Number 2

    The shed with the chandelier

    The shed with the chandelier - Tracy McAlister Mackay
    Tracy McAlister Mackay

    and Number 1 – International shed is 

    The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse

    The HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse - Christopher Bowen
    Christopher Bowen

    Congrats to all International sheddies your style and design is not everyone’s cup of tea (maybe us Brits are set in our shed ways) but you are creating big and small spaces and unique uses for your sheds.


    Songs from the Shed – Shed Week Song – Day 5 Flipron

    Many thanks to all the artists who gave a bit of time when they visited Jon in his shed

    The final Song for Shed Week : Flipron – Hanging Round The Lean To With Grandad

    Song 1 Ruarri Joseph – An Orchard For An Apple

    Song 2 Emily Smith – Butterflies

    Song 3 Roddy Woomble – My Secret Is My Silence

    Song 4 Emily Barker & Dom Coyote – The Witch of Pittanweem

    A day out at the Shed of the year winner Songs from the shed & watching a shed session with Natalie McCool

    Yesterday(6th July 2011) I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with Jon the owner of this year’s Shed of the year, it’s the first time I have visited a shed winner – even though I have been invited every year – but as it was just an hour on the train from Cardiff – I thought why not (of course my aim is to visit all sheddies at some time! – call it my shedlist instead of bucketlist)

    Jon made me feel very welcome and a mug of tea was provided before I knew it and I was told about the worldwide reaction he has had about his shed winning the most sought after shed competition, just before I arrived he was on Irish and Spanish radio talking sheds and songs!

    Me and Jon

    As you know the shed itself is a former army billet building was mainly used for storage and the like and was going to be home to a Cheese and Cider club for him and his mates.

    Before a good look round the shed Jon took me along to his local and we had a nice pint of Butcombe – and we had a chat about where the idea for Songs from the shed, came after a few beers (all the best ideas do) at the Pub The Royal Oak in Clevedon, while watching a folk night and he thought why not have local musicians play in his shed – and it has worked very well not only with big names such as Alabama 3 and Steve Harley playing the shed , Jon has also made sure that local and up and coming artists all get a chance.

    Half of the shed has just had a nice coat of cuprinol to see it through the winter but the shed has recently had some problems with woodworm which Jon will be using his prize money to try and fix.

    Internally the shed is a collection of old farmers/butchers nicknack’s with some music and maritime things chucked in, but it works as it’s not jammed packed to the rafters.

    Whilst I was there singer/guitarist Natalie McCool popped in to have a go at a shed session (they had driven from Winchester!)

    I am not normally a fan of this heartfelt singer songwriter stuff – but Natalie had an amazing voice and some great songs and the sound in the shed was great – I think Jon does a admirable job of capturing the atmosphere but he’s only filming it with a hand held compact camera, which I was surprised at – but it works well.

    It will be great to see the session on the site very soon – Jon has a few exciting names lined up to play the shed and a few other great ideas but that’s hush hush.

    So a warning to sheddies for next year – you may get a visit from me…as part of your “prize” if you win shed of the year (FYI I like tea/cider/real ale/bacon rolls as my rider) 😉