Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The ‘Bee Eco Shed’ from Sheffield has won the Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2018 which featured 2,900 entries and over 16,000 public votes. George Smallwood’s sheddie ecosystem was selected by competition founder Andrew Wilcox from readersheds.co.uk, Cuprinol’s creative director Marianne Shillingford, and 2017 Shed of the Year winner Ben Swanborough.
George Smallwood started out building a base for a ready-made shed, but felt inspired and decided to create the whole structure himself. Today, it is used as a space of discovery as George interacts with the different species occupying his shed. In this entirely self-watering and self-sufficient space, the vegetables, herb garden, bugs and bees can truly thrive.
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol said: “As we move into an age of sustainability the fifth room of the home is going to become increasingly important in helping create environmentally friendly, functional solutions for the family and community which are also appealing to the eye!"
George takes the coveted title along with £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol, £100 of Cuprinol products, a winner’s plaque and a giant crown for his shed.
“Coming in at the top spot was such a welcome suprise!" he said. "When we started the project we never could have dreamed we’d be here now. We’re so proud that our shed has become a habitat for nature in a small urban garden, showing you can always do your bit for making a home for nature. We hope our shed will inspire others around the UK to create spaces for wildlife in their gardens."
Andrew Wilcox added: “The competition was extremely tough this year, from a musical shed on the water, to a taxi, to an authentic Irish pub. With strong contenders winning all eight category awards it was a difficult decision for the judges. George’s shed stood due to its impressive, hand-made structure but also because of its unique story and special purpose. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to crown ‘Bee Eco Shed’ the winner.”
Although there is no specific garden office category any more, there is a workshop and studio one which features lots of shedworkers. The marvellous category winner here was the Viking Bauhutte owned by Chris Walter in Hampshire
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