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Shed Of The Year Competition

From a castle to a very well stocked bar area some of the extraordinary and elaborate sheds built by Britons across the country.

The entries into the Shed of the Year competition include pubs, children's playrooms and even one with an allotment on its roof.

Rresearch shows the average Briton spends one year of their life in a shed.

One in five shed owners admits to spending time in out-buildings to avoid their partners while 8 per cent would rather hide away in their shed than be intimate with their partner.

New research by Cuprinol to mark the start of the annual competition reveals more than 14 million people in the UK now own a shed.

According to the study, 9 per cent of shed owners in Britain use it to store secret unhealthy snacks, 8 per cent hide cigarettes, 4 per cent keep love letters from an ex-partner and 11 per cent admit using their sheds to make secret phone calls.

The research also shows that many now see their sheds as an extension of the home with 35 per cent featuring electricity, and 7 per cent having a television.

Kathryn Ledson, Cuprinol marketing manager, said: 'It’s clear the nation are fanatical about sheds and view it as an important extension of the home, with many using it as a secret getaway to store secrets or avoid loved ones.

'Whatever you use your shed for the annual Shed of the Year competition aims celebrates the best of British sheds and Cuprinol are proud to be the official sponsors for the fourth year running.'

The competition celebrates the best of British sheds.

Categories best garden office, summerhouse, eco-friendly constructions and 'tardis'.

Last year’s winner was Alex Holland from Machynlleth in mid Wales for his boat roofed shed.

People can enter their shed until May 5 at www.­readershed.­co.­uk.


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