Organisers of the annual Shed of the Year have said the competition “reaffirms just how important our sheds are to us” as entries open for the 16th edition of the contest.
The competition, run by Cuprinol, has become a much-anticipated event, with the UK’s most talented “sheddies” fighting it out to be crowned top dog and win prizes including £1,000 and £100 worth of the gardening company’s products.
Last year’s Shed of the Year star Danielle Zarb-Cousin walked away with the coveted title after stunning judges with her mint green, 70s-inspired, Creme de Menthe bar – decorated using one-of-a-kind vintage and charity shop finds.
Ms Zarb-Cousin, 29, from South-end-on-Sea, Essex, dedicated herself to the project in a bid to mend her heart after a break-up.
“Winning Shed of the Year felt amazing,” Ms Zarb-Cousin said.
“The shed became a real focus for me during a turbulent time in my life and during the first lockdown when there wasn’t much to do.
“During lockdown I think it was really important for us to create spaces in our homes or gardens that gave us the opportunity to escape, unwind and relax and the shed gave me a place…