AN AMAZING beach hut, a garden pub and even a stylish silo are some of the unique structures battling it out to be crowned 2020’s Shed of the Year.
This year’s contest, celebrating the best of British sheds, sees 27 finalists go head to shed with some mind-blowing creations.
Pat Crook, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, recreated a beach hut to provide soothing surroundings for her father, who suffers from dementia.
And Colin Furze’s shed in Stamford, Lincolnshire, is home to his many inventions – including a full-size Star Wars Landspeeder – which he shares with his millions of fans on YouTube.
Other finalists include a shed built on a railway trolley, a metal silo and a Hobbit house inspired by the film.
The 2020 competition sees two new lockdown-specific categories introduced for those who have used their new-found time to work on their garden sheds.
The ‘repurpose’ category celebrates those who have transformed their existing sheds in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
And the ‘new-build’ is for sheddies who have built theirs from scratch.
Repurpose shortlister Sarah McGoldrick responded to the PPE shortage in the early days of the pandemic by supplying frontline NHS staff with visors from her shed workshop in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
And teacher Ashley Bates, from London, used the opportunity to create The Shed School – a free online educational platform for key stage one pupils.
The new-build category includes Joe Melton from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, who built a back garden bar to compensate for his dream holiday to Florida being cancelled by Covid-19.
And retired art school lecturer Michael Roberts from Bromley, Kent, whose former pupils include Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen, created an elaborate Chinese-style pagoda.
Judges whittled down hundreds of entries to compile a shortlist of 27 sheds across nine categories.
These include ‘budget’, ‘unique’ and ‘unexpected’.
The winners will be decided by a public vote, with a panel of experts deciding on the overall winner after voting closes on August 9.
The overall winner will receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.
Head Judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox said: “More than ever, the events of recent months have shown us what a valuable role sheds can play in our lives.
“They are spaces where we can help our NHS heroes, educate our children and care for our family.
“They highlight all that is great about Britain – our ingenuity, our eccentricity and our determination to help others.”
Last year’s Cuprinol Shed Of The Year was won by Chris Shield of Buxton, Derbyshire, whose Hobbit-inspired hideaway was described as “brilliantly creative”.