Shed of the Year 2022 finalists announced

As Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition marks its 16th anniversary, this year’s shortlisted entries have been unveiled and the public vote is now open (closing July 15). Nip along to to make your voice heard.

Two which have particularly caught the Shedworking's staff's eye are Jane's Folly (which we featured on Shedworking here) and The Apothecary Den (which will appear in the next issue of my column in the Idler magazine), with its marvellous homemade stained glass windows.

Following 2021’s record numbers, 2022 has seen equally fierce competition, with 260 entries vying for a spot in this year’s list of finalists. Among the creations are inviting home pubs, nature escapes, practical yet beautiful workshops, and state-of-the-art eco-friendly designs.

To be in for the chance to win, shed enthusiasts submitted their creations to one of seven categories - Budget, Cabin/Summerhouse, Lockdown, Nature’s Haven, Pub/Entertainment, Unexpected/Unique, and Workshop/Studio. Three entrants from each category have been carefully selected for the shortlist, and are now in the running for £1,000 in prize money, a plaque, and £100 of Cuprinol products.

Head judge and founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, was so impressed with the calibre of entrants this year, and comments: “We’ve seen some first-of-their-kind designs, making it nearly impossible to whittle down to just three from each category. One great thing that has come from successive lockdowns is how much it has inspired people’s creativity, and it’s great that this has been channelled into the design of their own little escapes.

“These past years, more than ever, have shown just how much a role our gardens and sheds can play in our lives and the different ways they can be used. It’s been great to see shed enthusiasts old and new come up with some truly fantastic ideas, which we hope will inspire the next generation of shed enthusiasts.”