A family's nature-inspired refuge from lockdown has been crowned Cuprinol Shed of 2020.
The Bedouin tree shed was an eight-year love affair for expedition organizer Daniel Holloway, who built it around two living tree trunks in his garden in Blackheath, south London.
When the nation was locked down, it soon became a haven for the 55-year-old, his wife Beccy, 51, and their children Sam, 12 and Lyza, 14.
It took eight years to build this Bedouin tree shed, but it was worth the effort and is the prize property of expedition organizer Daniel Holloway
Head judge and competition founder Andrew Wilcox said they were blown away with this year's submissions, but it was Daniel's Bedouin tree shed that impressed them the most.
Daniel explains, “When the lockdown hit, the shed really took on a life of its own, bringing us closer together as a family.
“When we spend time doing this, we learn some valuable lessons about what is valuable and have given us all comfort during these really uncertain weeks and months. We spent many hours there listening to music, playing games and thinking quietly.
Lockdown Refuge Inspired by Nature: The Bedouin tree shed has been a love affair for expedition organizer Daniel Holloway for eight years, who built it around two living trunks in his garden
"I am very pleased that it has been named Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2020."
The extraordinary space began as a traditional garden shed – but was expanded and modified to include three levels with a floor area of around 5 x 5 m.
It contains a multitude of treasures from Daniel's extensive travels through Africa and is built around the trunks of an ash tree and an evergreen oak.
Daniel receives £ 1,000, a plaque, and £ 100 of Cuprinol products for his creation, which features a wood-burning stove for convenience in the cold winter months with furniture looted from bins and recovery yards
"Being in harmony with nature is incredibly important to us as a family," adds Daniel. “We are absolutely committed not to compromise the tree's root system when we expand the shed.
"There are also willow seedlings and jasmine on the outside, which almost makes the shed look like part of the landscape when they bloom in summer."
In addition to the African artifacts, the interior is decorated with vintage etchings and butterfly patterns, as well as finely carved ancient Indian hardwood pillars.
Daniel (pictured) is proud of his Bedouin tree shed and says that being in harmony with nature is incredibly important to them as a family
A wood stove provides convenience in the cold winter months with furniture looted from bins and processing yards. The floor is made of oak boards and follows the contours of the trees inside.
The Bedouin tree shed topped the Nature & # 39; s Haven category in a public vote before receiving the overall title from a jury. Daniel will receive £ 1,000, a plaque and £ 100 cuprinol products.
Meanwhile, a retired party planner showed that creativity can be kept alive at any age after her summer home triumphed in the same category at the Cuprinol Shed Of The Year 2020 Awards.
Jane (pictured) took inspiration from Japan when designing her ultimate summer home. What began as a repository for photo albums soon evolved into a place where her friends and eleven grandchildren were entertained
Jane Moyle, 77, uses the light and airy space in her garden to entertain friends and her 11 grandchildren.
It's a subject the Cheltenham, Gloucestershire retiree knows a lot about after a successful career organizing VIP corporate events.
"In my career I have organized events for some of the largest companies in the world, which has come in handy in the summer home design," she said.
“I initially designed it to be a nice, restful place for my husband and I to relax and a place to show off some of the photos I love to take.
& # 39; With the folding doors and the outdoor terrace, it is ideal for al fresco dining, sunbathing and reading.
“But now it is used just as much by my grandchildren, who are between 11 and 28 years old. They have a lot of fun there when grandma is not around.
"We live in the center of Cheltenham but when you are in the summer house you feel like you are in the country."
There were nine categories for this year's competition and Jane triumphed in the Summer Home category after deciding to renovate the shed.
The summer house has been designed to the highest specifications and has sun loungers, a sink, a refrigerator for garden parties, books and plenty of space for sports equipment
It was originally built as a Japanese summer home but was never completed by the previous owners.
Determined to pick up where they left off and get the job done, creative Jane lovingly restored them to a luxurious summer home with sun loungers, a sink, and a fridge for garden parties.
The grandmother originally wanted to create the space in which she could keep her valuable photos, which she now wants to put in order.
The judges were blown by the imagination and creativity of sheds around the country in these unprecedented times, but it was Jane's shed that impressed them
Croquet sets, badminton nets and boules are also stored in the summer house and are ready to play as soon as the urge arises.
The room is an oasis of peace and tranquility that Jane's friends often wonder about when you consider that it is in the middle of a big city.
Andrew Wilcox, Head Judge and Founder of the Competition, said, “This year we were blown by the imagination and creativity of sheddies across the country in these unprecedented times.
"Jane's stylish summer house impressed us with its sophisticated design and the fact that so many generations have enjoyed it so much."
The shed's sophisticated design appeals to several generations and creates a small nature reserve in central Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Kirsty Woodbine, Marketing Manager at Cuprinol, said, “The extraordinary events of the past year have seen the nation's sheds assume a variety of new roles in our lives – from family homes to centers of education.
“It shows how creative and considerate we can be even in the most difficult times.
“More than ever, our gardens, terraces and outdoor areas offer a welcome break from the uncertainties of the outside world and give us time to think, relax and socialize.
The public voted for their favorite shed via readerssheds.co.uk, which was intrigued by grandmother's imagination and creativity
"At Cuprinol, we want to help people get the most out of nature so that they can enjoy all of the benefits that come with getting closer to nature."
The Shed of the Year is a celebration of the great British shed in all its forms.
From miniature to mass, from modernity to tradition, from cosiness to minimalism and everything in between – sheds of every shape, size and function take part in the annual competition.
This year's entrants competed in nine categories – with two new Lockdown-specific categories introduced – Lockdown Repurpose and Lockdown New-Build.
Each winner was determined by public voting on readerssheds.co.uk
Budget Category: Winner Julie Twydell (pictured) was busy during the lockdown as she was working on her budget Pallet Hobbit House, which was made entirely from recycled materials
Julie Twydell won the budget category winner for her budget Pallet Hobbit House, which she says she stayed healthy during the lockdown.
The Bromley, Kent marketing manager said, "If I hadn't had it, I'm not entirely sure what I would have done instead," she says.
Made entirely from recycled materials, Julie reveals: “Nothing is really straight, right 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 on the big screen, do handicrafts and construction projects – it's great. & # 39;
Pub / Entertainment Category: Winner Mark Killick (pictured) used old wooden pallets to decorate his Pallet Hollywood Bar in the garden of his home in Farnborough, Hants
Mark Killick, winner of the Pub / Entertainment category, used old wooden pallets to decorate his Pallet Hollywood bar in the garden of his Farnborough, Hants home.
It has a hot tub and a supply of original 80s vinyl that can be played on its Kenwood hi-fi system.
He said, “Before the lockdown, friends and family came to Pallet Hollywood for a few drinks.
"We got music in and had some great parties, and with all the outside lights on every night, it's great to see when we're in the house."
Unique Category: Winner Adrian Backshall (pictured) The Eastbourne Sheddie built the Old Bill Shed on rails, inspired by his lifelong passion for trains
Adrian backshalls A lifelong passion for trains inspired the Eastbourne Sheddie to build the Old Bill on rails.
The retired 59-year-old train worker said, “When we bought our first house, I always had a shed.
I have collected a lot of old railroad items over the years and wanted to reuse them for the shed. It kept me busy in my retirement and I had everything to myself, but I spent so much time and money on it that I thought it was worth showing off. & # 39;
Lockdown New-Build Category: Winner Joe Melton kept boredom at bay during lockdown by building this homemade rum hut called Rk2 in his garden in King & # 39; s Lynn, Norfolk
Joe Melton, Norfolk Sheddie, was busy building this homemade rum hut in his yard during the lockdown. King's Lynn Senior Project Manager stated, “The bar brought us together during the lockdown as we continued to make changes and improvements.
"The whole family was involved in building, grinding and waxing – so the kids can learn new life skills and then sit back with slushies looking at what they've built."
Workshop / Studio Category: Winner Colin Furze entertained his army of 10 million Youtube subscribers in his Colin Furze workshop in Stamford, Lincs, with his creations
YouTube star Colin Furze entertains his ten million subscribers in his workshop in Stamford, Lincs, with his creations.
He said, “My father never let me in his shed. When I moved into my own house the first thing I did was the shed.
“The shed is not just a work area or a place to work, it is an inspiration to the many people who watch my videos to see what can be done in a gardening workshop.
"I get a lot of messages from people and parents of children who have been inspired to make their own creations and even make their own scales based on mine."
Unexpected Category: Winner Len Lavelle built this replica of a traditional Irish drunkard as a tribute to his beloved father and named it Bucko & # 39; s Bar
For the unexpected category, Len Lavelle, 51, built this replica of a traditional Irish drunkard as a tribute to his esteemed father.
Heald Green Quality Control Manager, Cheadle, said: “My father introduced us to all of traditional Irish values and whenever we went on holiday to Ireland we would sit in the corner of an old Irish pub most of the time.
“I'll never forget the day I invited him and the rest of the family to cut the tape and officially open the bar.
"It was a great afternoon and every single item in the bar reminded him of his past and he had many stories to tell."
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