Three-storey treehouse beats party bar with hot tub and train carriage to win Shed of The Year

A THREE-STOREY treehouse has beaten a party bar with a hot tub and a train carriage inside to win Shed of The Year.

Daniel Holloway, 55, built the "Bedouin Tree-Shed" around two living tree trunks in his back garden in Blackheath, South East London.




He used the home as a lockdown sanctuary with 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.”

The extraordinary space began life as a conventional garden shed – but has been extended and modified to encompass three levels with a footprint of around 5m by 5m.

BARKING GLAD

It contains a host of treasures from Daniel’s extensive travels through Africa and is built around the trunks of an Ash and an Evergreen Oak.

Daniel said: “Being in harmony with nature is incredibly important for us as a family. 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.”

Alongside the African artefacts, the interior is decorated with vintage etchings and specimens of butterflies alongside finely carved ancient hardwood Indian columns.







The shed has a wood-burning stove, along with with furniture taken from skips and reclamation yards. The floor is made of oak planks and follows the contours of the trees inside.

Daniel will receive £1,000, a plaque and £100 of Cuprinol products.

The judges have this year also awarded a special £250 prize to teacher Ashley Bates.

Ashley 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.

LOCKDOWN RETREAT

“I was stunned how it took off – going from a few hundred followers to over seven thousand in just a few weeks”.

Adrian Backshall won the unique category with his train carriage shed, while Mark Killick won the pub/entertainment category.

Killick used old wooden pallets to create his "Pallet Hollywood" bar in the back garden of his home in Farnborough, Hants. It boasts a hot tub and a stash of original 80s vinyl to play on his Kenwood Hi-fi system.

Colin Furze won the workshop/studio category, keeping his ten million YouTube subscribers entertained with his creations in his workshop in Stamford, Lincs.

Retired company director Jane Moyle from Gloucestershire won the cabin/summer house category.

She took inspiration from Japan in creating her ultimate summer house as what started as somewhere to store photo albums soon blossomed into a space for entertaining her 11 grandchildren.

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.”



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