The Shed of the Year 2019 is a Lord of the Rings inspired hobbit hole

It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for – the Shed of the Year.

Yes, the annual celebration of all things shed is over for 2019 and the winner is this Lord of the Rings inspired hobbit hole called Bux End.

Creator Chris Hield beat the other 20 finalists to be crowned the winner after a record-breaking number of entries and over 16,000 votes,

Chris, 49 of Buxton, said: ‘I’m delighted – and in shock! We are massive Lord of the Rings fans so when we decided to build our own shed we knew it had to be a hobbit hole.

‘It had to fit in with the wildlife and nature that we have cultivated in the rest of our garden so the grass roof was a big feature. Whenever we got any seeds for wildflowers we have just thrown them over the top of the shed and they have thrived.

‘We have seen so much wildlife since adding the shed – so much so it distracts me when I’m working in there! We have a blackbird nest in the eaves of the shed as well as robins who we have seen hatch from eggs to baby birds and there are the butterflies and bees that swarm the flowers.

‘It really is a haven for nature so I am over the moon that I’ve won such a great competition.’

The much-loved national competition, sponsored by woodcare brand Cuprinol, returned for its 13th year – with over 3,000 entrants to seven categories.

Chris’ shed was in the Nature’s Haven category and after securing the most votes there, he beat the other category finalists to be crowned the overall winner by the judges.

He won£1,000, a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products as well as a giant crown for the super shed.

Founder and Head Judge, Andrew Wilcox said, ‘Once again the Great British sheddie didn’t disappoint. It was great to see how brilliantly creative this year’s entrants have been and to see Chris come out on top with his beautifully natural Bux End.

‘This year, Cuprinol discovered that more than a third of Brits allow nature to take over part of their garden, so we thought it was only right to reflect that with the addition of a Nature’s Haven category and the entrants really excited us.

‘It seems only fitting that Bux End championed this year’s competition celebrating the nation’s natural approach to the great outdoors.’

Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, Kirsty Woodbine, added: ‘For many people, the garden is an extension of their home and a place where they are increasingly spending more time.

‘Using colour is a great way to bring the best out of the natural environment and Cuprinol Garden Shades range is a simple and effective way to inject new life into the garden – whether it’s for a shed, fence or even upcycling furniture and pots.’

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