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Sheds of the Year

About Shed of the Year

Celebrating the great British shed in all its forms - from the miniature to the massive, the modern to the traditional, the cosy to the minimal and everything in between we're proud to sponsor The Shed of the Year competition 2020.


This year, the contest saw two new lockdown-specific categories introduced - Lockdown Repurpose and Lockdown New-build. The 2020 competition is now closed.

Take a look at our 2020 winners below!

  • Overall Winner: The Bedouin Tree-Shed by Daniel Holloway

    Overall Winner: The Bedouin Tree-Shed by Daniel Holloway Overall Winner: The Bedouin Tree-Shed by Daniel Holloway Overall Winner: The Bedouin Tree-Shed by Daniel Holloway

    The Bedouin Tree-Shed that topped the Nature's Haven category has been an eight-year labour of love for expedition organiser Daniel Holloway, who built it around two living tree trunks in his back garden in Blackheath, south London.

    When the nation went into lockdown it soon became a sanctuary for the 55-year-old, his wife Beccy, 51, and their children Sam, 12, and 14-year-old Lyza.

    The extraordinary space began life as a conventional garden shed - but has been extended and modified to encompass three levels with a footprint of roughly 5m by 5m.

    It contains a host of treasures from Daniel's extensive travels through Africa and is built around the trunks of an Ash and an Evergreen Oak. Alongside the African artefacts, the interior is decorated with vintage etchings and specimens of butterflies alongside finely carved ancient hardwood Indian columns. A wood-burning stove provides comfort during the cold winter months with furniture plundered from skips and reclamation yards. The floor is made of oak planks and follows the contours of the trees inside.

  • Special Commendation Winner: The Shed School by Ashley Bates

    Special Commendation Winner: The Shed School by Ashley Bates Special Commendation Winner: The Shed School by Ashley Bates Special Commendation Winner: The Shed School by Ashley Bates

    In a competition first, judges have this year also awarded a Special Commendation to celebrate the efforts teacher Ashley Bates went to in order to educate children while lockdown closed classrooms.

    Winner of the Lockdown Repurpose category, he streamed maths and English lessons for five to eight-year-olds from his Shed School in his back garden in Hinchley Wood, Surrey.

    He said: "With so many children potentially missing out on education because of lockdown, I thought I had to do something to help. I was stunned how it took off - going from a few hundred followers to over seven thousand in just a few weeks".

  • Category: Lockdown - New-build | Winner Rk2 by Joe Melton

    Category: Lockdown - New-build | Winner Rk2 by Joe Melton Category: Lockdown - New-build | Winner Rk2 by Joe Melton

    Norfolk sheddie Joe Melton kept busy during lockdown by building this homemade rum shack in his back garden. The Senior Project Manager from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, explained: "The bar has brought us together during lockdown as we have continued to make changes and improvements. The whole family has been involved in building, sanding and waxing - giving the children a chance to learn new life skills and then enjoy slushies sitting back looking at what they have built."

  • Category: Unexpected | Bucko's Bar by Len Lavelle

    Category: Unexpected Bucko's Bar by Len Lavelle Category: Unexpected Bucko's Bar by Len Lavelle Category: Unexpected Bucko's Bar by Len Lavelle

    Len, 51, built this replica of a traditional Irish boozer as a tribute to his cherished dad. The Quality Control Manager from Heald Green, Cheadle said: "My dad brought us up with all the traditional Irish values, and whenever we went on holiday to Ireland we would find ourselves spending most of the time sitting in the corner of an old Irish Pub. I will never forget the day that I invited him and the rest of the family round for him to cut the ribbon and officially open the bar. It was a great afternoon, and each and every item inside the bar reminded him of his past and he had many tales to tell."

  • Category: Cabin/Summerhouse | Jane's She-Shed by Jane Moyle

    Category: Cabin/Summerhouse | Jane's She-Shed by Jane Moyle Category: Cabin/Summerhouse | Jane's She-Shed by Jane Moyle

    Retired company director Jane took inspiration from Japan in creating her ultimate Summerhouse. What started as somewhere to store photo albums soon blossomed into a space for entertaining her 11 grandchildren. She said: "I wanted a quiet place to read and relax. With the folding doors and the decking outside, it is ideal for outdoor meals, sunbathing, reading. But above all, the summerhouse is surrounded by a magnificent huge weeping willow tree, bronze and green Japanese acers, a yellow Robinia and a purple smoke shrub."

  • Category: Workshop/Studio | Colin Furze Workshop by Colin Furze

    Category: Workshop/Studio | Colin Furze workshop by Colin Furze Category: Workshop/Studio | Colin Furze workshop by Colin Furze Category: Workshop/Studio | Colin Furze workshop by Colin Furze

    YouTube star Colin Furze keeps his ten million subscribers entertained with his creations in his workshop in Stamford, Lincs. He said: "My dad never let me in his shed. So once I moved into my own house the shed was the first thing I did. The shed is not just a workspace or place of work, it is now an inspiration for the many people that watch my videos to see what can be made in a garden workshop. I get a lot of messages from people and parents of children who've been inspired to get making their own creations and even make their own sheds based on mine."

  • Category: Unique | Old Bill by Adrian Backshall

    Category: Unique | Old Bill by Adrian Backshall Category: Unique | Old Bill by Adrian Backshall Category: Unique | Old Bill by Adrian Backshall

    His life-long passion for trains inspired Eastbourne sheddie, Adrian Backshall, 59, who built his shed on rails. The retired train worker said: "From when we bought our first house I`ve always had a shed. I’ve collected lots of old railway stuff over the years and wanted to reuse it for the shed. It's kept me busy in my retirement and I've had it all to myself, but I`ve spent so much time and money on it I thought it was worth showing off."

  • Category: Pub/Entertainment | Pallet Hollywood by Mark Killick

    Category: Pub/Entertainment | Pallet Hollywood by Mark Killick Category: Pub/Entertainment | Pallet Hollywood by Mark Killick Category: Pub/Entertainment | Pallet Hollywood by Mark Killick

    As the name suggests baggage handler Mark Killick used old wooden pallets to create his Pallet Hollywood bar in the back garden of his home in Farnborough, Hants. It boasts a hot tub and a stash of original 80s vinyl to play on his Kenwood Hi-fi system. He said: "Before the lockdown, friends and family would come round for a few drinks at Pallet Hollywood. We've got music in there and have had some great parties, and with all the outside lights on every evening it's great to look at when we're in the house."

  • Category: Budget | Pallet Hobbit House by Julie Twydell

    Category: Budget | Pallet Hobbit House by Julie Twydell

    Marketing Manager Julie Twydell, from Bromley, Kent credits working on her Budget Pallet Hobbit House for keeping herself occupied during lockdown. "If I didn't have it, I'm not quite sure what I would have done instead," she says. Made entirely from recycled materials Julie reveals: "Nothing is really straight, correct or perfect and that's what I love about it. I like its rustic charm. I can read there, have a glass of wine, watch tv with the cinema screen, do craft and building projects - it's great."