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ALEX SPLICES MAINBRACE IN HIS SHED OF THE YEAR.

A RUSTIC wooden retreat with a rowing boat for a roof has sailed off with the Shed of the Year title.

Sited 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountains, near Machynlleth, mid Wales, the shed is made entirely from recycled materials.

Crammed with unexpected features, the shack beat 1,900 rivals. Light comes courtesy of a 20-watt solar panel and luxuries include a wood burner, 12v sound system, a gas cooker and even a fridge stocked with gin, tonic and beer.

Jubilant sheddie Alex Holland said he would buy a wind turbine with his PS1,000 prize from Cuprinol to improve the fridge. "The standard and creativity shown by the other entrants has been incredible, so I am genuinely surprised to have reached the top spot."

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OARSOME Alex Holland, inset, has triumphed in the Shed of the Year competition, with judges including property TV show presenters Sarah Beeny and Kevin McCloud.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2013
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