North West Wales

Floating Aberdyfi garden shed makes waves in competition

The water shed
Image caption The "bog standard, flat-pack shed" is situated on a floating platform at Frongoch Boatyard, near Aberdyfi

A floating garden shed moored at a Gwynedd boatyard has made a splash in a competition.

Geoff Hill, from near Machynlleth, Powys, beat 380 land-locked rivals to win the unusual shed category in the Shed of the Year.

His "bog standard, flat-pack shed" is situated on a floating platform at Frongoch Boatyard, near Aberdyfi.

He will find out next month if his water shed has scooped the overall Shed of the Year title.

"I have never won anything in my life before and, if I win the overall prize of £1,000, I promise to spend it on something suitably silly," Mr Hill said.

His water shed has been in place since last summer, and last month played host to comedian Arthur Smith who gave a performance there during the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Smith and about 30 members of the audience were rowed out to the unusual venue, while others went across by canoe.

Explaining the concept of the water shed, Mr Hill said: "Quality shed time with a cup of tea and a collection of slightly broken, but nevertheless highly useful and handy, components is essential to maintain a quality of life.

"It's just like any other garden shed in that it contains nuts and bolts and a bench and vice.

"Visitors can take things out of the shed if they think it will be useful to finish off a project, but they can leave items too. There are books there and people have left art work and poetry."

Mr Hill said the shed cost him about £1,100. It will spend the summer moored off Smuggler's Cove in Aberdyfi.

"Life can become very, very sensible if you're not careful. I try to do something stupid every year," added Mr Hill, a local businessman.

He said there was a stove on board the shed, along with cups, tea bags and sugar, but it "might be an idea to bring some water and milk".

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