Britain’s most epic sheds from garden ‘temple’ to old school backyard boozer

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Britain's most epic sheds are going head-to-head to be crowned the best in class with Cuprinol’s legendary Shed of the Year competition.

We have picked out just a few of the front runners from around the country which include a traditional country pub in a man's garden, to a 'miraculous and life-saving' temple.

After whittling down 260 entries to 21 across seven categories, Cuprinol has opened the floor for the public to vote on the competitions 16th anniversary.

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Amongst the creations are boozers, nature escapes, practical yet beautiful workshops, and state-of-the-art eco-friendly designs.

Shed enthusiasts known as 'sheddies' have submitted their creations to one of the following categories: Budget, Cabin/Summerhouse, Lockdown, Nature’s Haven, Pub/Entertainment, Unexpected/Unique, and Workshop/Studio.

The winners will land a cool £1,000 in prize money, a plaque for their shed, and £100-worth of Cuprinol products.

The Winchester creator Andrew Tittensor, from Staffordshire built his impressive backyard tavern largely from reclaimed and traded materials over lockdown for under £500.

Aside from the traditional country pub interior, a huge round double glazed window and equally large circular door give off major hobbit vibes from Lord of the Rings — helped by the green turf walls.

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Jane Dormer has described her five-sided shed/folly as "a life-enhancing jewel of a building that multi-tasks as a cosy coffee-to-cocktails venue, a shed for garden cushions and a cabinet of curiosities exhibition space."

The Unique/ Unexpected finalist said her friends and family think she is mad for the out-there construction which she was able to focus on during the pandemic.

Jane from Greater London added: "All my visitors think I am completely mad and they all love it. This was my lockdown folly and kept me going through those difficult months. It has heating and lighting and looks magical lit up at night where it can be admired from surrounding gardens."

A rival to Jane's folly is the centuries-old Temple of Vaccinia which Dr Edward Jenner used to vaccinate locals against smallpox for free at the turn of the 1800s.

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Jenner turned his rustic thatched summerhouse into the world's first free vaccination clinic where he welcomed the public for a jab after church every Sunday in Gloucestershire.

The Jenner Trust said: "BBC Travel called the Temple of Vaccinia "Britain's miraculous, life-saving garden shed". Historic England say it's one of the top ten places to tell the story of science and discovery in England. To win Shed of the Year would be the real crowning glory!"

Head judge and founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, has been blown away by the standard of entrants for this year.

He said: “We’ve seen some first-of-their-kind designs, making it nearly impossible to whittle down to just three from each category.

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"One great thing that has come from successive lockdowns is how much it has inspired people’s creativity, and it’s great that this has been channelled into the design of their own little escapes.

“These past years, more than ever, have shown just how much a role our gardens and sheds can play in our lives and the different ways they can be used.

"It’s been great to see shed enthusiasts old and new come up with some truly fantastic ideas, which we hope will inspire the next generation of shed enthusiasts.”

Public voting for this year’s competition is open now and will run until 15th July. To find out more about each finalist, and cast a vote, visit: readersheds.co.uk

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