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Is Newcastle garden shed the best in the country?

John Hardisty's 'Russian Summerhouse' in his garden in Benton. Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Down at the bottom of gardens across the country, you can find far more than your average potting shed.

Miniature pubs, nightclubs, and even fairytale castles are providing elaborate places of relaxation for thousands.

And now the best are being entered into a national competition.

John Hardisty, from Benton, is flying the flag for Newcastle with his ornate 'Russian Summerhouse'.

John Hardisty's 'Russian Summerhouse' in his garden in Benton. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

He built it after meeting his wife while travelling through Russia, and can now peer out into his garden through beautiful stained-glass windows.

The roof over his outdoor home is inspired by Antoni Gaudi's designs in Barcelona.

But he faces tough competition from challengers across the UK.

An allotment roof garden in London. Credit: Mischief PR
A miniature nightclub called 'barcode Leicester.' Credit: Mischief PR
This igloo-like structure is called the Dome Experiment. Credit: Mischief PR
A bar in the backyard. A full stocked bar called the 'Geordie Racer' Credit: Mischief PR

Competitors have until May 5 to submit their entry for the best shed competition.

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