A cocktail bar has beaten hundreds of entries – including a bra-fitting boutique and a fairytale castle – to win Shed Of The Year.
Social media influencer Danielle Zarb-Cousin’s 1970s-inspired cocktail bar was chosen over 331 entries – the highest number of entries the competition has seen.
Named the Creme de Menthe, the shed is painted mint green and is complete with a retro bar area, seating and a bright orange interior.
Danielle Zarb-Cousin with her shed Creme De Menthe
The 29-year-old from Southend-on-Sea in Essex transformed her old rundown brown shed after splitting with her fiance, former Love Island star Jonny Mitchell last year.
She said the project “became a focus in a time of chaos” and the shed became a place she could “go and write and not be disturbed” after moving back in with her parents during lockdown.
The esteemed title comes with a £1,000 prize.
The contest included seven other categories, including the best cabin/summerhouse award, a budget category, and the nature’s haven award.
Joanna Van Blommestein’s shed
Joanna van Blommestein from Faversham in Kent won the cabin/summerhouse category for her bra-fitting boutique, which she uses to help women who have undergone surgery.
The 33-year-old said: “Lots of people don’t really enjoy bra fittings… it can be quite overwhelming or quite daunting. I just wanted to make it a lovely, relaxing, stress-free place.”
Mark Campbell’s shed
A special lockdown prize was won by Mark Campbell from Wingerworth, Derbyshire, for the fairytale-inspired castle he created for his granddaughter.
The 60-year old said of the two-storey, 12ft pine creation: “It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of enthusiasm”.
John Williams’ shed Bungy’s Backyard Bar in Plymouth, Devon
Topping the unique category was John Williams’ pop-up pub in his back garden in Plymouth, and a bird-watching sanctuary created by Rosie Hoult from Shrewsbury won the nature’s haven prize.
Ally Scott with her shed The Peculiar Pear in Southampton
Ally Scott, 48, produced the best workshop after turning her shed into a space to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and signwriter after the death of her mother last year.
“This shed has changed my life… I was a mess after my mother died, but this has given me back a buzz,” she said.
Les Rowe with his shed which won the budget category
The Peculiar Pear is decorated with lots of colourful nik-naks including garden gnomes, mushrooms, and Doctor Who’s cybermen helmets.
The budget prize went to Les Rowe from New Brighton on the Wirral for his seven-side refuge, created using mostly second-hand materials, including stained glass windows recovered from a synagogue.