Ard­gour eco shed will fea­ture on tele­vi­sion’s Amaz­ing Spa­ces

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE shed in Ard­gour has brought fame to the Lochaber vil­lage as it is set to be broad­cast on Ge­orge Clarke’s Amaz­ing Spa­ces.

The Wee Tower at Cuil Moss Cot­tage on Ard­gour Es­tate is one of four fi­nal­ists in the eco sec­tion of the Cupri­nol Shed of the Year 2017, and will fea­ture on the pro­gramme later in the year.

In the mean­time, own­ers An­nie and Ewen MacLean need votes be­fore June 2 to make sure they reach the fi­nal.

The cou­ple, who own the Cuil Moss hol­i­day cot­tage, were called by Chan­nel 4 and asked if they wanted to en­ter their shed in the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘We were want­ing to add something spe­cial on to our hol­i­day cot­tage. You al­ways see peo­ple putting in hot tubs and things, but we wanted to make something unique from what’s al­ready here in Ard­gour,’ said An­nie.

‘In Ard­gour, we have beau­ti­ful wood­land wildlife and clear High­land dark skies. We de­signed the tower for peo­ple who want to wildlife watch and stargaze. We are bring­ing peo­ple to Ard­gour in the best pos­si­ble way and do­ing something dif­fer­ent to show­case the area in a spe­cial way.’

The Wee Tower is the only shed in the High­lands to make it to the fi­nals across all the cat­e­gories.

Built with only sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als, the off-grid Wee Tower is hid­den in the wood­land by the cot­tage and has been in situ for the past year.

Habi­tats and bird boxes have been added to make it home for lots of wildlife and a so­lar light wood­land path guides the way in the evening.

The tower was built off-site by Echo Liv­ing and then lifted into place so as not to dis­turb the flora and fauna on the wood­land floor.

An­nie said: ‘ Eco to me is more than just us­ing thought­ful ma­te­ri­als and lo­cal crafts. Sus­tain­abil­ity is also about bring­ing peo­ple to our frag­ile ru­ral com­mu­nity and shar­ing it in the best pos­si­ble way.’

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners re­ceive £1,000 and Cupri­nol vouch­ers but An­nie told the Lochaber

Times she will be do­nat­ing the prize money to a wor­thy com­mu­nity cause.

‘If we win, we will do­nate the £1,000 prize money and vouch­ers to Ard­gour play area at the school, which both my chil­dren at­tend, and which is be­ing de­vel­oped by com­mu­nity vol­un­teers.’

An­nie MacLean with the Wee Tower in Ard­gour.

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