Bromley bar makes 2020 Shed of the Year shortlist

A woman from Bromley has had her budget backyard creation shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Shed of the Year awards.

Gardens and sheds have taken on new meaning for those of us lucky enough to have them during the lockdown period.

Covid-19 may have put a temporary end to glitzy award ceremonies like the Oscars, but local Bromley girl Julie has got herself shortlisted for a far more glamorous trophy, the 2020 Cuprinol Shed of the Year.

From a PPE workshop to garden schools, lockdown has spurred the nation’s sheddies to ever more imaginative heights as they compete for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year crown.

The shortlist has now been revealed, including a gorgeous entry from a long-time Bromley resident.

Julie Twydell, a marketing manager for a company called PromoBrand, has put together a ‘budget pallet Hobbit House’ for her submission.

The shed took around four weeks to make, and because it was made almost entirely with recycled material, it cost under £250 to make, placing it in the budget category.

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“It’s a rustic shed like no other,” the description reads.

“It still has function for storing tools etc, and it can also been transformed into a cinema room in the evening!”

Also listed is a entry from retired art school lecturer Michael Roberts, from Bromley, Kent, whose former pupils include Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen.

The shed, listed in the lockdown-build category, is an elaborate Chinese pagoda called ‘Lokdown’, created during the void left by Covid-19.

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Apart from the roof and floor, everything was reclaimed in the build, with Julie using the spare backs of chairs, bed bases and more to put the shed together.

She told use: ” I’ve always liked to keep busy and enjoy craft projects and trying to make use of the items I have around me.

“Even the sign for the Hobbit House was made from the back of a chair from the local pub! I like to recycle! The pallets were from a local roofing company who kindly delivered them for me.

“No plans were really drawn, pretty much just made it up as I went along!”

Julie said she had help from her neighbour when she needed another pair of hands, and managed to put the shed together in around a month, with the roof and floor being the only expense.

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“Nothing is really straight, correct, or perfect and that’s what I love about it. I like its rustic charm!

“I didn’t want to build anything that had mains power, it’s more a place to kick back and get creative! The wall lights are solar-powered so that I can still work in there at night.

She continued: “During Lockdown the shed has been the best thing for me. If I didn’t have it, I’m not quite sure what I would have done instead.

“I can read in there, have a glass of wine, watch tv with the cinema screen, do craft and building projects. It’s great!

“Also, I have the outside bar, The Hobbit Watering Hole and Gandalfs Bench! And my friends love coming over for a few drinks around the fire pit.

“I think its the best thing I’ve ever built!”

The shed has been shortlisted in the Budget Category for the 2020 Cuprinol Shed of the Year, which is open to the public vote, closing on August 1.

Also included in the vote, which is made up of a number of different categories, is a shed workshop making visors for frontline NHS staff and ‘The Shed School’.

To vote, click here.

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