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Shed of the year 2018 is an eco-friendly haven for bees

shed of the year 2018

Britain’s best shed 2018 has been announced and it belongs to firefighter George Smallwood from Sheffield.

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

Mr Smallwood not only wins the 2018 title, he also takes home a cool £1000 in prize money.

Now in its 11th year, the competition attracted nearly 3,000 entries and 16,000 public votes. Eight categories were available for entries including budget outbuildings and historic-like structures.

Mr Smallwood’s creation falls into the eco-friendly creations category. This is due to it being a haven for the threatened bee species and other insects.

Britain's best shed 2018

Image: Press Association

The winning shed has a spiral staircase to the roof where there are beehives. There are also plenty of bee friendly flowers around the shed and the garden.There is also a giant bug house on one wall.

Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops. One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. If all the bees were to die out, it’s estimated humans could survive for only four years.

So it’s clear that Mr Smallwood is a deserved winner. For his design and also the ethics behind it. His win helps to raise awareness to the important issue of the threat to worldwide bee populations.

The roof has flowers and vegetable on it and when the water reaches the gutters, it flows down a pipe and waters the herb garden. Finally, any water left over is used to water the garden.

Among the other 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.”

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By Jamie Cameron