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Oxford shed enthusiast’s Wendy House shortlisted for national award

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Oxford shed enthusiast’s Wendy House shortlisted for national award
Rebecca Cariad’s Wendy House shortlisted for the national award is used as a play space for her son and daughter.

An Oxford shed enthusiast’s Wendy House has been shortlisted for the ‘Lockdown’ category of the national ‘Shed of the Year’ award.

The Cariad Wendy House was a lockdown and maternity leave project for Rebecca Cariad, and it is now used as a play space for her son and daughter.

To be in for the chance to win, shed enthusiasts submitted their creations to one of seven categories, including Budget, Cabin/Summerhouse, Lockdown, Nature’s Haven, Pub/Entertainment, Unexpected/Unique, and Workshop/Studio.

Three entrants from each category have been carefully selected for the shortlist. They are now in the running for £1,000 in prize money, a plaque, and £100-worth of Cuprinol products.

The public can vote for their favourite shed from different categories from now until the 15 July at https://www.readersheds.co.uk/.

Head judge and founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, said: “We’ve seen some first-of-their-kind designs, making it nearly impossible to whittle down to just three from each category.

“One great thing that has come from successive lockdowns is how much it has inspired people’s creativity, and it’s great that this has been channelled into the design of their own little escapes.

“These past years, more than ever, have shown just how much a role our gardens and sheds can play in our lives and the different ways they can be used.

“It’s been great to see shed enthusiasts old and new come up with some truly fantastic ideas, which we hope will inspire the next generation of shed enthusiasts.”

Shed of the Year is a celebration of the great British shed in all its forms, and this year the much-loved competition is celebrating its 16th anniversary.

From the miniature to the massive, the modern to the traditional, the cosy to the minimal and everything in between, you’ll find sheds of every shape, size and function in the annual competition.

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