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Shed of the Year 2018: Eco-friendly bee haven beats converted black cab and Irish pub to take top prize

Mirror logo Mirror 11/09/2018 Rachael Burnett

a statue of a person in a garden: George Smallwood's Bee Eco Shed was crowned the winner © Cuprinol/PA George Smallwood's Bee Eco Shed was crowned the winner An eco-friendly bee haven has beaten off stiff competition from a converted black cab and an Irish pub to be crowned Shed of the Year.

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.

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

The handmade structure is a self-watering and self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects © (Image: PA) The handmade structure is a self-watering and self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects "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.

a person standing in front of a building © Credits: Cuprinol/PA 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.

Here are some of this year's entries...

The Taxi

a person sitting in a car © Credits: PA

The Temple

a person standing in front of a house © Credits: PA

O'Smithers

a store front at day © Credits: PA

Big Top Den

a house with trees in the background © Credits: PA

Hapus Yurt

a group of people in a garden © Credits: PA

Piano Raft

a boat parked on the side of a river © Credits: PA

Rainbow Dream

© Credits: PA

Great Glass Propagator

© Credits: PA

The Limes

a close up of a garden © Credits: PA

Jo's Shepherds Hut

a house with a grass field © Credits: PA

Bottle Shed

a wooden table © Credits: PA

Tudor Playhouse

a wooden bench in a garden © Credits: PA

Bricks and Water Shed

a group of people in a swimming pool © Credits: PA

Viking Bauhutte

a person standing in front of a house © Credits: PA

Buenai Vista

a small house in a cage © Credits: PA

Scaffold Board Summer House

a brick building © Credits: PA

Admiral's Head

a store front at day © Credits: PA

Bush Inn

a group of people standing in front of a house © Credits: PA

Boat Pod

© Credits: PA

Noah's

a dog sitting in front of a building © Credits: PA

Off-Cut Shed

a man standing in a kitchen © Credits: PA

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