Friday, July 24, 2020

Shed of the Year 2020 finalists announced

Lockdown has spurred the nation’s shed owners to impressively imaginative heights as they compete for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year crown. The 2020 contest sees the introduction of two new lockdown-specific categories - Lockdown Repurpose and Lockdown New-build - as the finalists are announced.

The Lockdown Repurpose category celebrates those who have transformed their sheds in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including Sarah McGoldrick who 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.

The Lockdown New-build category hails those who have overcome the challenges of lockdown. These include retired art school lecturer Michael Roberts from Bromley, Kent, whose former pupils include Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen, who created an elaborate Chinese-style pagoda.

The shortlist also features:

- Pat Crook, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, has recreated a beach hut to provide her father who suffers from dementia with soothing surroundings

- Adrian Backshall from Eastbourne, East Sussex has built his shed on a railway trolley

- Colin Furze from Stamford, Lincolnshire uses his shed to come up with inventions including a full-size Star Wars Landspeeder (a strong entry in the Workshops category where Suitcase Trains HQ is also a likely contender)

Judges whittled down hundreds of entries to compile this year’s shortlist of 27 sheds in nine categories including Budget, Summerhouse, Unique and Unexpected. A winner from each will be decided by public vote, then an overall winner will be crowned by a panel of shed experts with a giant golden crown for the winning shed. The overall winner will also 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.”

Public voting is now underway for the 14th annual competition and will close on August 8. Check out all of the 27 finalists and cast your vote at
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