Shed of the Year 2021: Pictures reveal finalists’ incredible outdoor masterpieces

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This year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition has been the fiercest one yet after record numbers of shed fanatics applied. The competition received a whopping 331 entrants hoping to snatch the trophy. This year saw more than double the entries compared to 2020 as Britons chose to spend their time in lockdown creating shed masterpieces.

The entrants have now been whittled down to just 22 finalists with three being shortlisted in the Budget, Cabin/Summerhouse, Pub & Entertainment, Unexpected/Unique, Workshop/Studio and Nature’s Haven categories.

Four entrants have been shortlisted in a new “Lockdown” category which was introduced last year to reflect people building sheds as a project during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the entrants, Danielle Zarb-Cousin, has created a stunning 1970s-inspired shed, called the Creme de Menthe bar, in her parent’s break up.

Danielle decided to embark on the shed journey after she went through an unfortunate break-up.

Another entrant called Joanna van Blommestein, who is a bra-fitter, decided to built a lingerie boutique in her shed.

She named the shed/summerhouse the Bra Boss of Kent HQ.

The new lockdown category saw Catholic priest Father Len Black from Inverness make the final cut.

He built The Oratory Of St Joseph and has held Mass there since 2011.

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During lockdown, he streamed Mass there every day through his website.

Isle of Wight resident Nicholas Pointing built a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-inspired shed which has seen him shortlisted in the Studio/Workshop category.

He began the project after needing a place to build a replica of the film’s car for his wife.

Rebecca Roseff has been shortlisted in the Nature’s Haven category after she built a medieval-inspired shelter called Batbarn to support rate horseshoe bat colonies for their summer roosts.

The 22 finalists’ creations will now be put to the public vote with a sinner being decided from each category.

Then, a panel of shed experts will decide an overall winner who will win £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.

Last year, Daniel Holloway took the crown after the judges and the public were wowed by his Bedouin Tree-Shed which was built around two tree trunks.

For the first time ever, entrant Ashley Bates took home a Special Commendation last year after setting up The Shed School to help educate children during lockdown.

Public voting for this year’s competition opened on Wednesday, June 2 and will close on Monday, July 12.

Head judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox said: “The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us and, now more than ever, we’re aware of how important the humble shed can be.

“Sheds are not just unloved, brown structures at the bottom of the garden that house tools and household junk, they are vital spaces where you can go to relax, work on a project or burn off some steam.

“The high-calibre entries this year really prove why we set up the competition in the first place – to highlight the valuable role sheds can play in our lives, in our businesses and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing.”

Check out all of the 22 finalists and cast your vote here.

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