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Tree- men­dous... lock­down hut is shed of the year

- By Jan Dis­ley London · Holloway · Hinchley Wood · Hinchley Wood

A LOCK­DOWN sanc­tu­ary built around two liv­ing tree trunks has been crowned Shed of the Year.

It be­gan as an or­di­nary gar­den hut but af­ter eight years it is now on three lev­els and takes up around 16ft of space with oak floor plank­ing.

The na­ture- in­spired con­struc­tion has a wood- burn­ing stove for win­ter as well as re­claimed fur­ni­ture.

When Covid- 19 struck it quickly be­came a sanc­tu­ary for its ar­chi­tect, Daniel Hol­loway, wife Beccy, 51, and their chil­dren Sam, 12, and Lyza, 14.

The 55- year- old ex­pe­di­tion or­gan­iser from Black­heath, south Lon­don, said: “Spend­ing time in it taught us some valu­able lessons about ap­pre­ci­at­ing what is pre­cious and pro­vided so­lace for us all dur­ing those re­ally un­cer­tain weeks and months.

“We whiled away many an hour in there lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, play­ing games and qui­etly re­flect­ing.”

The shed boasts trea­sures from his African trav­els and is built around an ash and ev­er­green oak.

His Be­douin Tree- Shed topped the Na­ture’s Haven cat­e­gory in a pub­lic vote for the Cupri­nol Shed of the Year be­fore be­ing awarded the over­all ti­tle. Daniel wins £ 1,000 and £ 100 of Cupri­nol prod­ucts.

Teacher Ashley Bates was awarded a Spe­cial Com­men­da­tion and £ 250 for stream­ing lessons for five- to eightyear- olds from his Shed School in his back gar­den in Hinch­ley Wood, Sur­rey. He said: “I was stunned how it took off – go­ing from a few hun­dred fol­low­ers to over 7,000 in just a few weeks.”

 ??  ?? Gar­den re­treat... it has taken eight years but Daniel Hol­loway’s sanc­tu­ary has been awarded the top hon­our by the na­tion’s shed en­thu­si­asts
Gar­den re­treat... it has taken eight years but Daniel Hol­loway’s sanc­tu­ary has been awarded the top hon­our by the na­tion’s shed en­thu­si­asts
 ??  ?? Daniel’s shed is built around tree trunks
Daniel’s shed is built around tree trunks

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