'Woodhenge' pub shed wins Shed of the Year 2012
From more than 2,000 creative garden dens, the winner of the highest shed accolade has been announced.
Alex Johnson has been part of The Independent's online team since 2007. He has been writing about microarchitecture on his internationally-acclaimed Shedworking blog since 2006 and is the author of Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. His latest book is Bookshelf, published by Thames & Hudson.
Monday 02 July 2012
John Plumridge from Shrewsbury will be raising a glass in his pub shed as it is crowned the winner of the 2012 Shed of the Year competition.
The Shropshire sheddie has taken the concept to new heights with his Woodhenge Pub Shed. Spending over four years converting his beloved shed, John completed it with a beer bottle collection of over 500 real ales and 110 ciders, all on display for local sheddies who often pop by for a swift pint.
“When I was told I’d won the competition, I was absolutely thrilled," he said. "Normally I’m a very chatty and jovial person but I did find myself lost for words and I must confess to having “shed” a tear. I’ve been working on “Woodhenge” for around four years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t even hazard a guess at the cost involved but it’s a great venue for our family and friends to party in and the good thing is we haven’t got too far to get home.”
The Shed of the Year judges - ‘Head Sheddie’ and creator of the competition Uncle Wilco, property guru and shed fan Sarah Beeny, world famous author Neil Gaiman, author of Shedworking Alex Johnson, and 2011 winner Jon Earl – picked from the most creative, innovative and barmy entries. Sarah Beeny, said: “Shed of the Year is a great inspiration and clearly encourages people to get creative with their sheds. I am really happy that a pub shed has won after I created my own Kings Head pub shed for Cuprinol, which is currently on display in Rufford Park in Nottingham. Hopefully others will be inspired to create their own sheddie haven too."
Those in London submitted the most shed entries (63) to the competition which is sponsored by Cuprinol followed by 42 sheddies in Kent then those in Lancashire and Essex with 35 shed entries each. And it was the Garden Office category which proved the most popular this year seeing more than 125 entries.
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