Bee haven wins Shed of the Year competition

An eco-friendly bee haven has been crowned Shed of the Year, beating a converted black cab and an Irish pub.

Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 8:24 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 8:37 am

George Smallwood’s Bee Eco Shed won the top spot in the annual competition.

The handmade structure is a self-watering and self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects.

Mr Smallwood, from Sheffield, said winning the 2018 title and a £1,000 cash prize was a “welcome surprise”.

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“We hope our shed will inspire others around the UK to create spaces for wildlife in their gardens,” he added.

“We’re so proud that our shed has become a habitat for nature in a small urban garden, showing you can always do your bit for making a home for nature.”

There were eight categories, including eco-friendly creations, budget outbuildings and historic-like structures.

Among the innovative buildings were a Legoland-inspired haven, a black cab converted into an outdoor bedroom, and a structure made out of glass bottles.

Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “The competition was extremely tough this year, from a musical shed on the water, to a taxi, to an authentic Irish pub.

“George’s shed stood due to its impressive, handmade structure but also because of its unique story and special purpose.”

The Cuprinol-sponsored contest, now in its 11th year, attracted nearly 3,000 entries and 16,000 public votes.