These are the winners in the 2020 Shed of the Year

The results of the 2020 Shed of the Year have finally been revealed.

After weeks of voting from the shortlist, the winner is the Bedouin Tree-Shed, built around two living tree trunks in Daniel Holloway’s garden in Blackheath, south London.

The eight-year project became a special place to be during lockdown for the 55-year-old, his wife Beccy, 51, and their children Sam, 12, and 14-year-old Lyza.

Daniel explains: ‘When lockdown arrived, the shed really took on a life of its own, bringing us closer together as a family.

‘Spending time in it taught us some valuable lessons about appreciating what is precious and provided solace for us all during those really uncertain weeks and months. We whiled away many an hour in there listening to music, playing games and quietly reflecting.

‘I’m delighted that it’s been crowned the Cuprinol Shed Of The Year 2020.’

Daniel started out with a conventional shed but has extended and modified it over time, fitting around the trunks of an Ash and an Evergreen Oak, and filling it with things from his travels through Africa.

‘Being in harmony with nature is incredibly important for us as a family’ Daniel adds. ‘We’ve been absolutely committed to avoid impacting the root system of the trees as we’ve been extending the shed.

‘There’s also willow saplings and jasmine on the exterior which makes the shed almost seem part of the landscape when they bloom in the summer.’


It won the most votes in the Nature’s Haven category in a public vote before being awarded the overall title from a panel of judges. Daniel will receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.

For the first time, they also awarded a Special Commendation and £250 to Lockdown Repurpose category winner and teacher Ashley Bates who used his shed to help educate children while lockdown closed classrooms. 

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.’

Head Judge and competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: ‘This year we’ve been blown away by the imagination and creativity on display from sheddies up and down the country, during these unprecedented times.

‘But it was Daniel’s Bedouin Tree-Shed that impressed us most. We were really taken by how sensitively he incorporated nature into the design and the role it played bringing his family closer together during lockdown.

‘We were also wildly impressed by Ashley’s efforts to educate the nation’s kids while coronavirus closed classrooms.’

The other winners

Unexpected

Bucko’s Bar – Len Lavelle

Cabin/summerhouse

Jane’s she-shed – Jane Moyle

Workshop/studio

Colin Furze workshop – Colin Furze

Lockdown new build

Rk2 – Joe Melton

Unique

Old bill – Adrian Backshall

Pub/entertainment

Pallet Hollywood – Mark Killick

Budget

Budget Pallet Hobbit House – Julie Twydell

You can find out more about the winners on the Shed of the Year website.

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