Today marks the start of National Shed Week. Shed enthusiasts are encouraged to keep an eye on the ShedBlog to find out if they have won the coveted Nation’s Shed of the Year award.
Started in 2007 by Andrew Wilcox (known as Uncle Wilco), he has made this a huge event, with UK papers speculating who will win the coveted title, despite 10 Downing Street passing on the opportunity to make it a national event.
Sheds as pieces of art
You may think that Shed’s are nothing to be celebrated; that they are a place to store garden tools at the end of the garden, you would be wrong! If you look at the previous winners, you will see that these are more than simply sheds. Some of them are pieces of art. There are various categories that sheds can enter into: Hut Sheds, Eco Sheds, Pub Sheds, Summerhouses and, for the sci-fi lover, the Tardis shed category.
Winner of 2013
The winner of Shed of the Year 2013 was Alex Holland. He entered a completely custom built shed that had an upturned boat as a roof of the building.
With Solar Panels, Ultra bright LED lights, 12v surround system and a fully functioning kitchen; this entrant really put the bar high.
The competition is fierce this year with over 2,000 entrants. The hardwork and dedication given to these entries is clear to see. Normal sheds are turned into playhouses with multiple levels, the ultimate ‘mancave’ and so many others – even some Dunster House cabins have been submitted!
People compete for the £1,000 prize money. Tens of thousands of you get behind the public vote to put your favourite shed through the first stage and onto the judging panel for a chance to win.
Unfortunately the public voting has now stopped for this year so the winners are just waiting to see if their shed has won. Fingers crossed for the Dunster House entries!