Shed of the year 2017 shortlist:London's Cork Studio goes head to head with a secret bunker and Tardis Shed to compete for top prize

Now in it's tenth year, the competition to crown the UK's Shed of the Year is well-and-truly on. Who wins? You decide...

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Sheds are once again in the limelight. But this time we're not talking about David Cameron's new £25,000 designer 'shepherd's hut', from which he plans to write his memoirs.

Painted in Farrow & Ball's muted shades, some might say that the Cameron's tasteful garden addition lacks the imagination of the entries that have been shortlisted to win this year's Cuprinol's Shed of the Year competition.

Canonbury's 'Cork Studio' is the only London shed in the running. Tom and Jo Hardy created their carbon-neutral workshop using sedum roof and natural wood as a room for music composition and textile art. It has also been shortlisted for the London Regional RIBA award.

It's competing with the likes of the Tardis Shed, an impressive Doctor Who console recreation in Stoke-on-Trent that allows owner Paul Foden to escape to another point in time and space.

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Tardis Shed: Paul Foden's Doctor Who recreation has impressive attention to detail (PA)

We're long past the stereotype that sheds are only a place for men to escape to, but none prove this point quite so brightly as professional YouTuber Emily Fisher, aka Mermaid Gossip, whose pink and blue shed comes complete with internet connection.

Sheds are also not just for working in. Couple Chris Law and Julie Ann Marchant unbelievably live in their tiny shed in Cambridgeshire which has somehow fits a toilet, shower, fitted kitchen and pull-out sofabed. It almost makes some of the capital's notoriously tiny studios look positively spacious.

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Tiny in size, but huge on impact: This couple live in their Cambridgeshire 'Tiny House' (PA)

Meanwhile, Ailie Hill in Shropshire has converted her tiny summerhouse into a hedgehog hospital, to look after up to 22 sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs at any one time.

Father Julian Kent hosts daily Mass and Offices of the Church for up to 20 people from his Cathedral shed in Portsmouth, and Oliver Tabor has created a box of tricks in Essex, transforming his shed into a performance venue for his magic shows.

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Pricklebums: Ailie Hill converted her old garden summerhouse into a hedgehog hospital (PA)

Now in it's tenth year, almost 3,000 applications have been whittled down to 32 finalists competing for 'Shed of the Year' by five experts.

The public will decide who gets the Shed of the Year crown, plus the winner for each of the eight categories: Eco, Pub & Entertainment, Workshop & Studio, Cabin & Summerhouse, Historic, Unexpected, Budget and #NotAShed - for creations that go beyond the traditional definition of a ‘shed'.

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Garage Simulator: Captain Mark Lowen in Bedfordshire, has built a real-life flight simulator in his 'shed' (PA)

These include a vintage cinema in Staffordshire, a 737 flight simulator in Bedfordshire, a (now not-so-secret) hidden bunker in Lincolnshire, and a train shed with a central platform to take visitors back to the rail journeys of the 1840s, in Oxfordshire.

For the full list of finalists, and shed inspiration click on our gallery, above.

To vote for your favourite visit readershed.co.uk before midday on 2 June 2017. The category winners will be revealed over four-weeks on Channel 4's 'Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, this summer.


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