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Search is on for Shed of the Year 2012

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A nationwide competition has been launched to identify the UK's 'Shed of the Year'; taking into account garden spaces throughout the nation.

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A nationwide competition has been launched to identify the UK's 'Shed of the Year'; taking into account garden spaces throughout the nation. The entrants in this year's competition - of which there are "shedloads", according to telegraph.co.uk - proudly display everything from gyms and forts to churches; all housed within their sheds. The newspaper selected a couple of its favourite entries, including that of Steve Knight from Halstead in Essex, who has converted his shed into the Colne Valley Postal History Museum. Encompassing anything that bears the 'G.P.O.' mark, Mr Knight's shed boasts post boxes, signs, scales, stamp vending machines and more. What's more, Sue from Taunton has entered her fully-heated garden room that is used year round. Owner Sue told the newspaper that her shed is used as a party venue and has seen much "fun, laughter dancing and drinking". The competition may all be good fun, but it highlights the usefulness of having an extra room outside; especially for those who have creative freelance jobs that require additional space in order to work. Cuprinol, which sponsored the competition, found that 30 per cent of owners considered the shed "as their most inspirational place." What's more, according to diyweek.net, the average "sheddie" spends five months of their life in their shed. Almost half of these view use their sanctuary as an extension of their home. The competition winners will be revealed in July, during National Shed Week.

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

12th April 2012