Cuprinol Shed Of The Year is back for another lockdown incarnation of the longrunning competition. More than 100 people have already entered their sheds ahead of the official launch of the 15th shed-off.
Entrants can submit their creations in one of the seven categories for the chance to win the prize of £1,000 and £100 worth of Cuprinol products. This includes the new Lockdown category introduced last year to recognise the incredible shed-based efforts seen during 2020.
Last year’s winner Daniel Holloway impressed judges with his nature-inspired refuge Bedouin Tree-Shed built around two tree trunks in his back garden and decorated with vintage etchings and specimens of butterflies. Daniel gave his £1,000 prize money to environmental charity Trees for Cities and since winning has continued to develop his shed, using Victorian quarry tiles for a patio, connecting the shed to an area used as a fire pit.
Founder and Head Judge, Andrew Wilcox known more informally to the shed world as Uncle Wilco, said: “Since the competition started, we’ve seen some brilliantly creative uses of sheds across the UK. Over the past year, we’ve seen people retreat to their sheds as a place of respite and sanctuary and the imagination going into them has been particularly impressive. We cannot wait to see the amazing ways people have used their sheds this year.”
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol, adds: “Our garden sheds are more than just a place to put our tools - they are a wonderful creative outlet for an individual’s unique artistic vision. Over the years, sheds have become an extension of the home and one of the most important rooms in the house. And this past year we’ve seen people transcend the boundaries of what we think a shed could be and working on them has a much-needed passion project during a time of uncertainty and instability.”
This year’s categories are:
Pub & Entertainment
Unexpected / Unique
Entries can be submitted via readersheds.co.uk up to April 12. The shortlist will then be selected by a panel of judges before the public vote opens to select the nation’s favourite shed for 2021.