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Tardis, hedgehog hospital and flight simulator vie for Shed of the Year title

Sheds have been nominated in eight categories.

A magician’s lair, a hospital for hedgehogs and even a chapel complete with an organ are among the wild and wonderful creations vying for the title of 2017 Shed of the Year.

While most people are happy with somewhere to store dust-gathering bicycles or attempt to grow a vine of tomatoes, the nation’s most committed shed lovers have far loftier dreams for their little havens at the bottom of the garden.

Enthusiasts across the nation have lovingly crafted their creations and now their finest efforts have been whittled down to a shortlist of 32, which will battle it out to be named the Cuprinol Shed of the Year.

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The Punch and Judy shed (Cuprinol/PA)
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The Lagonda Shed (Cuprinol/PA)

Sheds have been nominated in eight categories, from environmentally-friendly buildings and historic extravaganzas to those built on a budget and cabins and summerhouses.

Purists who prefer the smell of sawdust and the sight of gleaming saws hung up next to rows of screwdrivers may well be a little disappointed, though – many of the finalists bear little resemblance to somewhere you might knock up a set of shelves or oil your gardening shears.

A shed created by Paul Foden in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, appears bigger on the inside than from the outside – it is a full recreation of the Tardis, complete with a console, cyberman and dalek.

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The Letsby Avenue shed (Cuprinol/PA)
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The Engine House (Cuprinol/PA)

Another is set out as a whisky bar for a group of friends to meet, play board games and “talk nonsense”, a shed in Staffordshire is disguised as a fully-working cinema, while Captain Mark Lowen’s shed in Buzzard, Bedfordshire, holds a commercial Boeing 737 flight simulator.

There is even a shed for poorly hedgehogs – Pricklebums is owned by Ailie Hill in Ludlow, Shropshire, and was converted from a garden summerhouse to care for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs.

Now in its 10th year, the competition shows no signs of creaking – the shortlist came from a record 2,963 entries.

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The Cork Studio (Cuprinol/PA)
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The Glass Hut (Cuprinol/PA)

The shortlisted outhouses will go “shed-to-shed” on TV programme Amazing Spaces Shed Of The Year, shown on Channel 4 this summer.

Voting to choose the category winners opens on May 18, and people have until noon on June 2 to pick their favourite for Shed of the Year.

Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “Every year I am overwhelmed with the nation’s love of sheds and how they really get behind this celebration of British eccentricity.”

To see the full shortlist and cast a vote, visit www.readershed.co.uk.

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