Sheds are generally associated with being something that your dad liked to hang out in. But did you know that it’s the younger generation who are getting into having garden sheds?
New research by gardening equipment company Cuprinol has revealed that over half of young adults (18-34 yr olds) currently have a shed. And while sheds used to be considered a male hide-out, in the last decade an increasing number of women are staking their claim on this outdoor space with 63 per cent now claiming to have a shed. There are 15m shed owners living across the UK.
Are you a cool East End shed owner? Well we’ve found the competition for you. To celebrate National Shed Week (week beginning July 2) Cuprinol have launched the Shed 0f the Year 2012, a search for the UK’s most wacky and wonderful sheds.
Entries to the competition are now open, inviting shed owners to enter their quaintest and quirkiest shed creations, for a chance to win a £1,000 cash prize.
To view entries or to enter a shed simply visit www.readersheds.co.uk. Entries close on May 20 when the public are given the chance to vote for their favourite shed. It’s then up to the Shed of the Year panel including ‘Head Sheddie’ Uncle Wilco and celebrity shed fan Sarah Beeny to pick the winner from eight finalists.
Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol Marketing Manager says: “The humble shed is no longer just a convenient storage solution as we’re seeing younger people use them as an extension of the home. Whether it a recording studio, playing host to the six nations or a peaceful retreat to enjoy a good book, the garden shed is now an important addition to the home and we’re excited to see the wide variety of entries we receive into this year’s Shed of the Year competition.”
The winning shed will be announced during National Shed Week.
If you have a shed you want to show off on our blog then please send photos and a description to eastendgardener[at]gmail[dot]com and we’ll get them on the site.
By Natasha Wynarczyk. Photo by Harriet Lucy Yeomans under a CC licence