October 22nd, 2016

A shedload of praise for Leamington allotment

Updated: 10:01 am, Jun 10, 2016

SOMETHING amazing has appeared at a Leamington allotment.

Oliver Renison recently invested in a plot at St Mary”s Allotments with his mum and five friends, so they could plant their carrots, tomatoes and other home-grown goods.

But before Oliver got his hands dirty in the mud he decided they needed a shed to keep their tools in.

Rather than your average shop-bought wooden creation, the 42-year-old set about making his own – in a grand Gothic style, complete with arched ceilings, wood burner, desk and seating area.

His £300 creation, at the allotments off Radford Road, even has three windows made from glass washing machine doors and a outdoor chair made from an old cable reel.

And it has caused such a stir that Oliver has now been listed as a finalist in the Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year competition, which will see him appear on the show – presented by George Clarke – later this summer.

Oliver – who teaches furniture making at Warwickshire College in Leamington – said: “I pre-built the whole shed indoors in the college over half term. I had to build, erect and deconstruct it within a week and a half while the students were on holiday.

“The shed has a stove fitted, the outside furniture was also made by me and also has a wood burner so is very cosy. It is somewhere we can keep our old tools and shelter from the rain when the weather turns.”

Before Oliver could start work on his design he had to apply for permission from the allotment committee.

And luckily they loved his plan – so much so he’s built another on the site.

He said: “The committee liked the design and everyone at the allotments really seem to love it. I’m always getting nice comments.

“I’ve since built another for a plot which my girlfriend uses down by the river.

“I’m very much a beginner at growing vegetables – as we all – so we are picking it up as we go along, but we are all really enjoying shed life.”