Allotment shed

Jacob spends much of his spare time at his beloved allotment, where there are veg beds, fruit nets and even a little pond (with newts!). He wanted his shed to be more than just a place to store his tools, so he brought us along to have a chat.

We had a look around, and after chatting for a while realised what inspired Jacob’s outdoorsiness. He loves feeling connected to nature and the wider world, so we set about making the design reflect that passion. After some sketching Tom started out painting some of the ideas, discussing more about what was wanted along the way.

Slowly the design emerged – lilies, frogspawn, waterweed, newts! The cycle of life.

We clad the front of the shed in some reclaimed timber to neaten it up, too (Tom’s also a carpenter).

A few final touches, and the shed is completely transformed.

Jacob says, “Before the mural the shed looked pretty ramshackle – now it’s the talk of the allotment site. I enjoy being here with the meaningful mural over my shoulder. The philosophy of how I keep my allotment – productive but in harmony with nature.”

The Leytonstone allotment community are even going to mention the shed in a ‘shed feature’ in their monthly newsletter!