The competition is heating up between shed enthusiasts as the judging for this year’s stand-out shed reaches its final stages.
Running for over a decade, the Shed of the Year competition attracts weird and wonderful entries from across England. This year’s finalists include a minuscule pub, a cosy black cab, a strangely beautiful viking bauhutte and a modern Mongolian yurt.
According to competition founder, Andrew Wilcox, the judges have their work cut out for them this year in judging a particularly impressive group of finalists.
“I love all 24 sheds,” he said in conversation with Sky News. “It is going to be a near-on impossible task deciding who will take top honour.”
And an honour it is! The competition is a fierce one, with nearly 3,000 entrants whittled down to only the top 24 stand-out sheds. The two dozen finalists are now vying for the £1,000 prize money sponsored by Cuprinol and the coveted title of Shed of the Year 2018.
To sweeten the victory, the winning sheddie will also receive a giant crown (to wear while they hang the prestigious winner’s plaque). They may choose to keep it handy to wear while they conduct future repairs on their winning construction with a further prize of £100 worth of woodwork products.
Along with photographs of their incredible back-yard havens, competitors tell the stories of their structures, most of which involve a wonderfully long gestation period, a pile of junk and a creative vision, or a recently rekindled childhood dream.
Check out some of the amazing entries that are sure to get your building urges tingling.