Su­per sheds are heart of city’s gar­dens

Peter­bor­ough named shed cap­i­tal of the coun­try

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

From spec­tac­u­lar cus­tom built de­signs to small wooden build­ings filled with gar­den­ing gear - Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents are still not shed­ding the shed from their gar­den.

Peter­bor­ough was re­cently named the Shed Cap­i­tal of the UK, with more out­build­ings than any­where else.

One of the top shed own­ers is 48-year-old Matt Lynn, from Lut­ton. Matt’s in­cred­i­ble boat based struc­ture was even short­listed for the Shed of the Year. His mar­itimethemed hut cost him thou­sands of pounds to build - and his pride and joy is now used for so­cial­is­ing with friends, rather than stor­ing spades.

He said: “I bought ev­ery­thing on the in­ter­net canons, bol­lards, a ship’s tele­graph, model boats, a shelf made out of a wa­ter ski.

“There’s an oar along the wall which came with the boat.

“I did ev­ery­thing my­self, ev­ery nook and cranny. I used to do in­dus­trial roof­ing and cladding so I found it quite easy. The boat went up at the end of April and I fin­ished at the be­gin­ning of July.

“I spent a lit­tle bit on the fit­tings inside. I never knew what I was look­ing for un­til I found it.

“I’ve had a few boats. Ev­ery­thing to do with wa­ter I like.

“I use it for so­cial­is­ing. It’s nice to go out in the evenings, have a glass of wine or a lit­tle drop of rum. I have a rum cab­i­net.”

Matt said he thinks ev­ery­one should have a space to get away from it all - even if his wife and chil­dren thought he was ‘mad’ to build it.

He said: “They said it would be tiny and I would not get in it. It’s only when the roof went on it they could see what it would look like. Now ev­ery­body thinks ‘wow’ when they see it. I did not re­ally show any­body un­til it was fin­ished. I just beavered away at night­time af­ter work. One day a week­end I would spend on it.

“Ev­ery­body who goes in there can’t stop look­ing round. I do en­joy it. I al­ways sit down and look around. There’s al­ways some­thing to look at. I think ev­ery­body should have a lit­tle getaway from home. If you’re sit­ting at home there’s al­ways a job to do.”

The re­search, from Gar­denBuild­ - show there 44 per cent of peo­ple own a shed in the city - com­pared to sec­ond place Nor­wich’s 33 per cent.

Steve Wain­right and his part­ner Cat Thomp­son have also shown their shed is close to their heart - by paint­ing an ECG line on the side. The cou­ple, who live in Stan­ground, both work in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion - Steve is an Am­bu­lance Tech­ni­cian while Cat is a con­sul­tant at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal.

Steve said: “We have a shed each. I put the ECG trace on Cat’s - she thought it was per­fect.

“It is just a bit per­son­alised. We have used a gar­den fork as the han­dle. “We use the two sheds to store gar­den­ing and DIY equip­ment. “My shed is a bit ob­scured by a tree so we have not dec­o­rated that one.”

‘I put an ECG trace on Cat’s shed - she said it was per­fect’ Steve Wain­wright

Matt’s fin­ished boat-themed shed

Steve and Cat dec­o­rated their shed around their jobs

The long build­ing process to cre­ate Matt’s shed cost him thou­sands

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