Is it a Tardis? Is it a posh garden office? Is it a recycled pallet shed? Now the winner is revealed…
Shed owners around the world have been on tenterhooks during National Shed Week this week as the final round of judging in the shed of the Shed of the Year competition – sponsored by leading online shed supplier Garden Buildings Direct – has come to a triumphant conclusion.
There was a huge public response to the competition with more than 3,000 votes for over 900 entries in 12 categories, the winners in each
category going forward to the grand final, including sheds as diverse as a TARDIS, a pallet shed, Eco-Shed, posh garden offices and a octagonal pub shed.
The Winner of Shed of the Year 2008 is the Pub Shed called “The rugby pub” owned by Tim from Sudbury in Suffolk
Designed and built by owner,with eight roof lights in octagonal roof, pair of double doors opening as one entrance in fine weather, 15′ fully fitted bar with additional door behind and storage under including 3 fridges, blinds to windows and roof lights, ceiling fan, sink with cold running water, comfortably furnished with sea grass matting floor, Hammock. No phone, no TV ,no interruptions ,no shortage of liquid refreshment
It’s the perfect man shed but he does let the wife and his friends in for a drink.
View the shed online now http://www.readersheds.co.uk/tim
What our judges said.
â€œwhat a inspiring bunch of sheds this year, congratulations to the winner, let me know when England are playing nextâ€ Sarah Beeny
This looks like great fun, and those trapezoidal windows in the roof! not an easy thing to do, and the builder provided the best description. Great job, I want to have a drink there. – Lloyd Alter (treehugger)
Like the ceiling fan idea. If I had a shed like this with a bar in it I’d never leave. – Tony (Last years shed of the year winner with a Roman temple shed)
“Pubs and sheds. It feels like there’s a natural link between them, two of the world’s greatest building concepts which are far more than the bricks and mortar (or timber and felt) from which they’re constructed. As soon as you step inside a great shed, you immediately have a warm and comfortable sensation, and that’s exactly how you should feel in a great pub too. Bring the two together and – BINGO! – you’ve got a very worthy winner indeed.” – Alex Johnson from Shedworking.co.uk
About Shed Week
Organised by Uncle Wilco from the world-famous http://www.readersheds.co.uk web site, the second National Shed Week has been a major success and also received plenty of international coverage, especially online, from sites such as green lifestyle specialists Treehugger.com as well boingboing.net and a lot of Dr Who fan sites!
National Shed Week has been supported this year by Garden Buildings Direct (provider of the grand prize), The Cheese Shed and Make mine a builders tea.
About the sponsors
Garden Buildings Direct is part of a number of websites owned by Kybotech Ltd started in 2000, however the business family tree goes back to 1878. Charles & William Walton are the 5th generation of the Walton family connected with the manufacturing of garden buildings and garden related products, based in Sutton-on-Trent the centre for
garden buildings since 1927.
They are an online retailer who successfully operate a family of home, garden and leisure retail brands:
Simply Garden Furniture
Outdoor Toys Direct
Garden Centre Direct
Simply Fitness Equipment
Their main product lines go under the brand name of BillyOh.com with ranges of Wooden Sheds, Plastic Garden Sheds, Metal Garden Sheds,
Summerhouses, Metal Greenhouses, Wooden Garden Storage, Plastic Garden Storage, Gazebos, Home Offices, Shed Security, Shed Electrics and Arbours as well as garden furniture and BBQ’s.
The Cheese Shed – http://www.thecheeseshed.com/
Is celebrating the artisan cheese of the West country, based on our enthusiasm for the great range of cheeses produced around us, many of which are up there with the best in the world.
Make Mine a Builders – http://www.makemineabuilders.co.uk/
Builders have known it for years, a good, strong, refreshing cup of tea is the best way to quench a thirst. Now the British public can enjoy a real Builder’s brew with Make Mine a Builders; developed specifically for Builder’s Tea drinkers and tested by a panel of 300 Builders to get their seal of approval.
A good Builder doesn’t scrimp on quality tools therefore Make Mine a Builders is an ethically sourced tea made from East African leaves, the perfect balance of strength and refreshment. The tea is available at Asda for Â£1.40 a pack.
About National Shed Week
This is the second year the competition has been run, pitting normal wooden sheds against TARDIS, garden offices against beach huts, in a battle royal to win the title of Shed of the Year 2008.
After the success of last year’s Shed Week and the great reaction they got from press and the public, Sarah Beeny has agreed to put her name behind the shed of the year, along with inventor and entrepreneur Trevor Baylis.
They are joined by Shedworking expert Alex Johnson, Kathryn Ferry who is a beach hut expert and Treehugger and Eco-housing guru Lloyd Alter and last years shed winner Tony.
Note to editors:
High-res images of the winner/logos will be downloadable from
The third National Shed Week will start on the 6th July 2009.