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When is a shed not a shed?

More than 2,000 people have entered a competition to find the UK's best garden shed.

The scope for what can be classed as a 'shed' is very broad with entries including pubs, nightclubs, workshops and summerhouses.

The criteria for shed of the year is a wonderful and interesting outdoor space.

– Spokeswoman from Cuprinol, the company behind the contest.

The entries are split up into the following categories.

  • Normal
  • Unique
  • Pub
  • Tardis
  • Eco
  • Garden Office
  • Cabins and Summerhouses
  • Workshops and Studios


Is this Newcastle's best shed?

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

An elaborate garden shed in Benton is in the running for the best in the country.

John Hardisty's 'Russian Summerhouse' is inspired by Antoni Gaudi's designs in Barcelona.

The mosaic tiles on the roof were inspired by Gaudi's designs in Barcelona. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

John can peer out of into his garden through the beautiful stained-glass windows of his shed.

The competition is being run by Cuprinol. Competitors have until May 5 to submit their entry.

John Hardisty shows ITV Tyne Tees around his elaborate shed. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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