After a record-breaking number of entries and over 16,000 votes, the winner of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year has been revealed as Bux End.
Shed building superstar Chris Hield fought off stiff competition wowing the judges in the competition’s new Nature’s Haven category and winning the accolade of owning the nation’s favourite shed.
Chris, 49 of Buxton, said: “I’m delighted – and in shock! We are massive Lord of the Rings fans so when we decided to build our own shed we knew it had to be a hobbit hole.
“It had to fit in with the wildlife and nature that we have cultivated in the rest of our garden so the grass roof was a big feature. Whenever we got any seeds for wild flowers we have just thrown them over the top of the shed and they have thrived.
“We have seen so much wildlife since adding the shed – so much so it distracts me when I’m working in there! We have a blackbird nest in the eaves of the shed as well as robins who we have seen hatch from eggs to baby birds and there are the butterflies and bees that swarm the flowers.
“It really is a haven for nature so I am over the moon that I’ve won such a great competition.”
The much-loved national competition, sponsored by woodcare brand Cuprinol, returned for its 13th year – with over 3,000 entrants in seven categories.
After securing the most public votes in the Nature’s Haven category, Chris was selected as the overall winner of the prestigious crown after wowing judges with Bux End.
As well as the coveted title Chris has been presented with £1,000, a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products as well as a giant crown for the super shed.
Founder and Head Judge, Andrew Wilcox said, “Once again the Great British sheddie didn’t disappoint. It was great to see how brilliantly creative this years entrants have been and to see Chris come out on top with his beautifully natural Bux End.
“This year, Cuprinol discovered that more than a third of Brits allow nature to take over part of their garden, so we thought it was only right to reflect that with the addition of a Nature’s Haven category and the entrants really excited us.
“It seems only fitting that Bux End championed this year’s competition celebrating the nation’s natural approach to the great outdoors.”
Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, Kirsty Woodbine, added: “For many people, the garden is an extension of their home and a place where they are increasingly spending more time.
“Using colour is a great way to bring the best out of the natural environment and Cuprinol’s Garden Shades range is a simple and effective way to inject new life into the garden – whether it’s for a shed, fence or even upcycling furniture and pots.”
The winning shed can be viewed here: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=6722
After vying for the public votes the winners of each category are:
The Lorry Life- Tom Duckworth
Woody Willow- Tom Prior
Artistintheshed – Mary Price
The reef cavern – Chris smith
The Vintage Tea Shed- Anne Hindle
Space Shed- Jon Spooner
You can view all the previous winners of Shed of the year here.
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