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Un-bee-lievable: 2018 Shed of the Year winner crowned

Un-bee-lievable: 2018 Shed of ...
The Bee Eco Shed is the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year winner
The Bee Eco Shed is the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year winner
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The Bee Eco Shed is the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year winner
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The Bee Eco Shed is the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year winner
The Bee Eco Shed was also declared the Eco category winner
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The Bee Eco Shed was also declared the Eco category winner
The Bee Eco Shed was conceived when Smallwood began building a base for a ready-made shed but then got inspired and ended up building a whole new shed from scratch
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The Bee Eco Shed was conceived when Smallwood began building a base for a ready-made shed but then got inspired and ended up building a whole new shed from scratch
Smallwood has been awarded £1,000 (roughly US$1,300) for his efforts, as well as some Cuprinol products, a winner's plaque, and that all-important giant crown for his shed
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Smallwood has been awarded £1,000 (roughly US$1,300) for his efforts, as well as some Cuprinol products, a winner's plaque, and that all-important giant crown for his shed
The Bee Eco Shed beat an impressive 2,971 entries. Over 16,000 public votes were cast and the winner was decided by this year's judging panel, which included 2017's Shed of the Year winner Ben Swanborough
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The Bee Eco Shed beat an impressive 2,971 entries. Over 16,000 public votes were cast and the winner was decided by this year's judging panel, which included 2017's Shed of the Year winner Ben Swanborough
Boat Pod was declared the Unique category winner
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Boat Pod was declared the Unique category winner
Boat Pod was built by Barnaby Dearsly as a writer’s retreat, garden folly, artist studio, and children's hideaway
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Boat Pod was built by Barnaby Dearsly as a writer’s retreat, garden folly, artist studio, and children's hideaway
Boat Pod is made from the upturned bow of a decommissioned fish trawler built in 1945
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Boat Pod is made from the upturned bow of a decommissioned fish trawler built in 1945
The Limes was declared the Cabin and Summerhouses category winner 
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The Limes was declared the Cabin and Summerhouses category winner 
The Limes was constructed by the grandson of a shed aficionado. He built this shed as a homage to his grandparents
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The Limes was constructed by the grandson of a shed aficionado. He built this shed as a homage to his grandparents
The Limes is owned by Michael Long in the City of London
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The Limes is owned by Michael Long in the City of London
OSmithers was declared the Pub and Entertainment category winner
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OSmithers was declared the Pub and Entertainment category winner
OSmithers has a miniature Blackpool Tower perched atop its roof
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OSmithers has a miniature Blackpool Tower perched atop its roof
OSmithers was built three years ago but was extended to double its size last year due to its growing popularity
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OSmithers was built three years ago but was extended to double its size last year due to its growing popularity
Piano Raft was declared the Unexpected/Not A shed category winner
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Piano Raft was declared the Unexpected/Not A shed category winner
Piano Raft is owned by Ben Cummins and was built over five years
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Piano Raft is owned by Ben Cummins and was built over five years
Piano Raft is packed with musical instruments
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Piano Raft is packed with musical instruments
Tudor Playhouse was declared the Budget category winner
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Tudor Playhouse was declared the Budget category winner
Tudor Playhouse was built from mostly reclaimed/salvaged materials
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Tudor Playhouse was built from mostly reclaimed/salvaged materials
Tudor Playhouse is located in Norfolk 
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Tudor Playhouse is located in Norfolk 
The Bush Inn was declared the Historic category winner
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The Bush Inn was declared the Historic category winner
The Bush Inn is owned by John Parks
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The Bush Inn is owned by John Parks
The Viking Bauhutte is owned by Chris Walter
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The Viking Bauhutte is owned by Chris Walter
The Viking Bauhutte was declared the Workshop and Studio category winner
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The Viking Bauhutte was declared the Workshop and Studio category winner
The Viking Bauhutte gets its name from when craftsmen and artisans would stay in a shed on a building site - the Bauhutte - and discuss their building and design ideas over tea (or mead) back in the middle ages
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The Viking Bauhutte gets its name from when craftsmen and artisans would stay in a shed on a building site - the Bauhutte - and discuss their building and design ideas over tea (or mead) back in the middle ages
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Following the unveiling of the 2018 shortlist last month, an overall winner of the 11th annual Cuprinol Shed of the Year has now been declared. Sheffield sheddie George Smallwood got the nod for his Bee Eco Shed, a haven for honeybees and other insects.

The Bee Eco Shed is envisioned as a celebration of nature and came about when Smallwood began building a base for a standard ready-made shed. During the process he got inspired, and the project eventually grew into a custom shed built from scratch.

The shed includes an interior space and shelving to store tools and the like. Additionally, a spiral staircase provides access to the rooftop terrace, which includes two beehives that have already produced around 14 liters (3.7 US gallons) of honey in the past 12 months or so. Other notable features include a large "bug house," and a simple water harvesting system that consists of guttering used to irrigate a herb garden.

The Bee Eco Shed was conceived when Smallwood began building a base for a ready-made shed but then got inspired and ended up building a whole new shed from scratch
The Bee Eco Shed was conceived when Smallwood began building a base for a ready-made shed but then got inspired and ended up building a whole new shed from scratch

The Bee Eco Shed beat an impressive 2,971 entries this year. Over 16,000 public votes were cast and the result was decided by a judging panel that included 2017 Shed of the Year winner Ben Swanborough.

Smallwood has been awarded £1,000 (roughly US$1,300) for his efforts, as well as some products from competition sponsor Cuprinol, a winner's plaque, and that all-important giant crown for his shed.

"Coming in at the top spot was such a welcome surprise," says Smallwood. "When we started the project we never could have dreamed we'd be here now. We hope our shed will inspire others around the UK to create spaces for wildlife in their gardens. There were so many innovative and creative sheds this year, so we're absolutely thrilled to have been crowned the winner of Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2018!"

Make sure to head to the gallery to see the Bee Eco Shed, as well as each of the newly-announced category winners, in full.

Source: Readers Sheds

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