Super sheds are heart of city's gardens

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

Sunday, 29th October 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 5:17 pm

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 maritime-themed 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.

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“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.”

Stephen Wainwright, emergency medical technician and Catriona Thompson, emergency consultant with their sheds at the rear of their property in Stanground. REQUEST - PLEASE DON'T PUBLISH THEIR ADDRESS EMN-171024-185213009

The research, from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk - 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.”

Stephen Wainwright, emergency medical technician and Catriona Thompson, emergency consultant with their sheds at the rear of their property in Stanground. REQUEST - PLEASE DON'T PUBLISH THEIR ADDRESS EMN-171024-185213009