A quirky shed that took one handyman ten years to build and resembles an up-turned boat could be in line for a major award.
Proud Jo Candy, 59, grafted for years perfecting the impressive structure – which is about as far from the traditional garden shed as you can get.
And far from a dumping ground for old plant pots and bbqs, Jo’s shed comes complete with furniture, lanterns, and an old-fashioned stove.
Cafe owner Jo said: “I call it ‘the boat crash’ because it looks like two boats crashed from above.
“It will never be finished. it’s something I like to keep adding little bits to every so often. I get a bit of help with the heavy stuff and get people in to help out when needed, but I designed it all.
“It’s a little bit like a cross between a tent and a mud hut.
“It’s totally dry and warm inside, and I’ve got a little stove in there.
“It’s very good at keeping the weather out.”
Jo’s boat-themed shed, which is framed with oak and silver birch saplings, is in the final of the Best Summerhouse category of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition.
The winning creation will be crowned Shed of the Year in the final of reality TV show ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the year’, which will air on Channel 4 later this summer.
Jo, of St Annes, Lancs., said: “I think my chances of winning are pretty low just because my shed isn’t as polished and shiny compared to other sheds, but it has its own charm.
“I’d just like to thank all my friends and my late wife, Gay, who whipped me through the early stages of getting the shed up and running.”