Thursday, September 01, 2022

The Potting Shed named Shed of the Year 2022

The Potting Shed owned by Kelly Haworth from Bury, Lancashire has been named Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2022. Made entirely from recycled materials, the 2m x 3m build is the first winner ever which has come from the 'Budget' category and sits on the allotment space created by Kelly and her husband Derrick. It took around a month to construct using old doors, pallet wood, and other pre-used materials, and features a small kitchenette, potting area, tool store and off-grid bathroom. Total cost was an impressive £200 and her hard work has scooped her the £1,000 first prize, a personalised Cuprinol Shed of the Year plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.

“I’m over the moon to have won this year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year," said Kelly. "It’s been a real labour of love and I haven’t stopped dancing since I found out the wonderful news. I was inspired by my dad’s shed and after waiting years for a plot, I couldn’t wait to build my own. “It’s just so peaceful, I can stay in the shed for hours on end, in fact, I often lose track of time while I’m down at the allotment. It was fun being able to share the journey with people on Instagram – it even encouraged others to start collecting doors for their own ventures too!

“I always enjoyed upcycling and reinventing items, which is even more important now that prices are on the rise again. I hope those that see my shed can look at it and say: ‘I can do that’ – so much so that I’m actually going to start my own Potting Shed blog.”

Head judge and founder of the competition Uncle Wilco said he was extremely impressed with the calibre of entrants this year. “We’ve seen some first-of-their-kind designs, making it nearly impossible to choose just one overall winner. Every year, people’s creativity really levels up. Kelly’s Potting Shed really impressed us with the use of second-hand materials. It just feels right with the current cost of living crisis to crown someone so cost-savvy as the winner.” 

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol, added: “We love seeing all the entrants making the most of the outdoors and that’s exactly what Kelly has done. She’s managed to create a special place for herself, without it costing the earth which is so crucial at the minute. We’re thrilled that Cuprinol could play a part in Kelly’s creation, her use of Sweet Pea pink next to Ducksback Black to decorate and protect the shed is simple yet effective. Such a deserving winner.”


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