Millennium Falcon and nuclear bunker in the running for Shed of the Year 2016

Austin Camper Shed, a shed owned by Stephen Alleyne in Norfolk, which has been shortlisted in the Cabin & Summerhouse category in the Shed of the Year competition.
Austin Camper Shed, a shed owned by Stephen Alleyne in Norfolk, which has been shortlisted in the Cabin & Summerhouse category in the Shed of the Year competition.
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A re-creation of the Millennium Falcon, a restored nuclear bunker and a converted camper van are among the wacky designs shortlisted for the 2016 Shed of the Year.

While most people are happy if they can escape for the odd hour or two among pot plants and rusty old saws, more committed enthusiasts have lovingly put time and patience into creating some of the most eye-catching sheds in the UK.

Old Garden Shed, a shed owned by Brian in Hastings, which has been shortlisted in the Budget category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Old Garden Shed, a shed owned by Brian in Hastings, which has been shortlisted in the Budget category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Their finest efforts have been whittled down from 2,825 to a shortlist of 32, which will battle it out to be named the Cuprinol Shed of the Year.

Sheds have been nominated in eight categories, from pub and entertainment-themed sheds to those with an environmental angle, cabins and summerhouses, workshops and historic sheds.

Among them is a restored three-man nuclear bunker, owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, Scotland, which is 20ft (6m) below ground and only accessible by a hatch and ladder.

Ilona's Summerhouse is one of the budget finalists, a sunlit hideaway created from recycled pallets, doors and reclaimed paving slabs, while the Maggie Ewing is a renovated ex-boat wheelhouse, owned by David Carter in the Scottish Highlands, made from one of the last boats ever commercially built in Caithness.

Rotating Shed, a shed owned by Bryan Lewis Jones in Denbighshire, which has been shortlisted in the Unique category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Rotating Shed, a shed owned by Bryan Lewis Jones in Denbighshire, which has been shortlisted in the Unique category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Other entrants include a shed built on the back of an Austin J4 pick-up truck, a Wild West "saloon" where owner Alistair Baranowski and his friends drink Scotch on the rocks, and ashed that houses a real African dwarf crocodile.

There is even a Star Wars shed, owned by Stephen Gee in Nottinghamshire, inspired by Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, complete with its own flight deck.

The shortlisted sheds will feature on a TV programme, Amazing Spaces Shed Of The Year, on Channel 4, and the public can vote until June 8 for the category winners.

Competition founder Andrew Wilcox said: "These 32 sheds include some of the best I have ever seen in the history of the competition, so deciding who will take out top honour as the Shed of the Year 2016 will be tough, I love them all."

Dun 25 Bunker, a shed owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, which has been shortlisted in the Historic category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Dun 25 Bunker, a shed owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, which has been shortlisted in the Historic category in the Shed of the Year competition.

To vote, visit www.readersheds.co.uk/vote2016

Dun 25 Bunker, a shed owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, which has been shortlisted in the Historic category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Dun 25 Bunker, a shed owned by Jim Sherrit in Brechin, which has been shortlisted in the Historic category in the Shed of the Year competition.

owpe Smithy, a shed owned by Robin Sharples in Lancashire, which has been shortlisted in the Workshop & Studio category in the Shed of the Year competition.

owpe Smithy, a shed owned by Robin Sharples in Lancashire, which has been shortlisted in the Workshop & Studio category in the Shed of the Year competition.

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Maggie Ewing, a shed owned by David Carter in the Scottish Highlands, which has been shortlisted in the Unique category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Maggie Ewing, a shed owned by David Carter in the Scottish Highlands, which has been shortlisted in the Unique category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Art Studio, a shed owned by Peter Sedo in Worcestershire, which has been shortlisted in the Budget category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Art Studio, a shed owned by Peter Sedo in Worcestershire, which has been shortlisted in the Budget category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Tranquility Saloon, a shed owned by Alistair Baranowski in Aberdeenshire, which has been shortlisted in the Pub and Entertainment category in the Shed of the Year competition.

Tranquility Saloon, a shed owned by Alistair Baranowski in Aberdeenshire, which has been shortlisted in the Pub and Entertainment category in the Shed of the Year competition.

West Wing, a shed owned by Kevin Herbert in Berkshire, which has been shortlisted in the Eco category in the Shed of the Year competition.

West Wing, a shed owned by Kevin Herbert in Berkshire, which has been shortlisted in the Eco category in the Shed of the Year competition.