Bee haven wins Shed of the Year competition

An eco-friendly bee haven has been crowned Shed of the Year, beating a converted black cab and an Irish pub.

George Smallwood’s Bee Eco Shed won the top spot in the annual competition.

The handmade structure is a self-watering and self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects.

Mr Smallwood, from Sheffield, said winning the 2018 title and a £1,000 cash prize was a “welcome surprise”.

The Bee Eco Shed
The Bee Eco Shed

“We hope our shed will inspire others around the UK to create spaces for wildlife in their gardens,” he added.

“We’re so proud that our shed has become a habitat for nature in a small urban garden, showing you can always do your bit for making a home for nature.”

There were eight categories, including eco-friendly creations, budget outbuildings and historic-like structures.

Among the innovative buildings were a Legoland-inspired haven, a black cab converted into an outdoor bedroom, and a structure made out of glass bottles.

Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: “The competition was extremely tough this year, from a musical shed on the water, to a taxi, to an authentic Irish pub.

“George’s shed stood due to its impressive, handmade structure but also because of its unique story and special purpose.”

The Cuprinol-sponsored contest, now in its 11th year, attracted nearly 3,000 entries and 16,000 public votes.