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.

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear