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Shed Of The Year: Danielle Zarb-Cousin’s outbuilding beats more than 300 entries

Shed Of The Year: Danielle Zarb-Cousin’s outbuilding beats more than 300 entries

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A cocktail bar has beaten hundreds of entries – including a bra-fitting boutique and a fairytale castle – to win Shed Of The Year.

Social media influencer Danielle Zarb-Cousin’s 1970s-inspired cocktail bar was chosen over 331 entries – the highest number of entries the competition has seen.

Named the Creme de Menthe, the shed is painted mint green and is complete with a retro bar area, seating and a bright orange interior.

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of Danielle Zarb-Cousin with her shed Creme De Menthe - a 70s themed Summer Bar in Thorpe Bay Essex, which took the overall title of Shed of the Year 2021 and was voted the winner in the Pub/Entertainment category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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Danielle Zarb-Cousin with her shed Creme De Menthe

The 29-year-old from Southend-on-Sea in Essex transformed her old rundown brown shed after splitting with her fiance, former Love Island star Jonny Mitchell last year.

She said the project “became a focus in a time of chaos” and the shed became a place she could “go and write and not be disturbed” after moving back in with her parents during lockdown.

The esteemed title comes with a £1,000 prize.

The contest included seven other categories, including the best cabin/summerhouse award, a budget category, and the nature’s haven award.

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of Joanna Van Blommestein's shed The Bra Boss of Kent HQ in Faversham, Kent, which won the Cabin/Summerhouse category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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Joanna Van Blommestein’s shed

Joanna van Blommestein from Faversham in Kent won the cabin/summerhouse category for her bra-fitting boutique, which she uses to help women who have undergone surgery.

The 33-year-old said: “Lots of people don’t really enjoy bra fittings… it can be quite overwhelming or quite daunting. I just wanted to make it a lovely, relaxing, stress-free place.”

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of Mark Campbell's shed Winterwood in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which won the Lockdown category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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Mark Campbell’s shed

A special lockdown prize was won by Mark Campbell from Wingerworth, Derbyshire, for the fairytale-inspired castle he created for his granddaughter.

The 60-year old said of the two-storey, 12ft pine creation: “It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of enthusiasm”.

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of John Williams' shed Bungy's Backyard Bar in Plymouth, Devon, which won the Unexpected category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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John Williams’ shed Bungy’s Backyard Bar in Plymouth, Devon

Topping the unique category was John Williams’ pop-up pub in his back garden in Plymouth, and a bird-watching sanctuary created by Rosie Hoult from Shrewsbury won the nature’s haven prize.

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of Ally Scott with her shed 'The Peculiar Pear' in Southampton, Hampshire which won the Workshop/Studio Category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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Ally Scott with her shed The Peculiar Pear in Southampton

Ally Scott, 48, produced the best workshop after turning her shed into a space to pursue her dream of becoming an artist and signwriter after the death of her mother last year.

“This shed has changed my life… I was a mess after my mother died, but this has given me back a buzz,” she said.

Embargoed to 2000 Friday August 06 Undated handout photo issued by Cuprinol of Les Rowe with his shed Tranquility Base in Merseyside, which won the Budget category in Cuprinol's shed of the year competition. Issue date: Friday August 6, 2021.
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Les Rowe with his shed which won the budget category

The Peculiar Pear is decorated with lots of colourful nik-naks including garden gnomes, mushrooms, and Doctor Who’s cybermen helmets.

The budget prize went to Les Rowe from New Brighton on the Wirral for his seven-side refuge, created using mostly second-hand materials, including stained glass windows recovered from a synagogue.

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