What does a magician’s lair, a hedgehog hospital, an air simulator and even a Tardis have in common? They are all entries for this years ‘Shed Of The Year’ competition.
Enthusiasts and downright obsessives across the UK have lovingly created their masterpieces and now battle it out to win the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition after entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 32 by judges.
The sheds have been placed into eight different categories, which include environmentally-friendly buildings, historic extravaganzas, sheds built on a budget and cabins and summerhouses.
These sheds aren’t just full of sawdust, tools and a few wonky shelves though, Paul Foden from Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, has built a full recreation of the Tardis, complete with a console, cyberman and dalek.
Another finalist from Staffordshire has created a shed that is disguised as a fully-working cinema, whilst Ailie Hill in Ludlow, Shropshire set about building her shed called ‘Pricklebums’ which is a converted summerhouse that now functions as a tiny hospital that cares for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs.
The final which is its tenth year goes from strength to strength and the shortlist of just 32 sheds came from a list of over 2,963 entries. This shortlist of sheds will fight it out against each other in Channel 4’s program Amazing Spaces Shed Of The Year, shown this summer.
Voting to choose the category winners opens today, and people have until noon on June 2 to pick their favourite for Shed of the Year.
Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “Every year I am overwhelmed with the nation’s love of sheds and how they really get behind this celebration of British eccentricity.”
To see the full shortlist and cast a vote, visit www.readershed.co.uk.