“Garden sheds are really important to men!” says woodstain manufacturer

I don’t have a garden shed, which means I spend my life constantly embroiled in familial battles, according to the Daily Telegraph:

One in five men ‘uses garden shed to avoid family arguments’

Survey shows that over 20 per cent of men flee to their sheds to escape rows indoors.

It’s long been joked that men use their garden sheds as a way to get some peace and quiet away from the family.

Now, a survey has revealed that over a fifth (21 per cent) of men flee to their sheds to avoid arguments with ther loved ones.

Source: Daily Telegraph, 20 February 2013

It seems that for any man not wanting to be caught in the middle of the maternal maelstrom, a shed is of crucial importance. Says who?

The survey, released by woodcare products manfacturer Cuprinol, found that Britons are having a full-blown love affair with the humble garden shed, with 65 per cent of Brits owning one.

Almost half of respondents (49 per cent) said they would be “lost” without their garden sanctuary, with one in 10 (12 per cent) admitting they would rather spend time in their shed than with their families.

Huh – the woodstain and wood preservation company believes the wooden garden shed is highly important and worth, say, preserving? Who’d have thought it?

And as if to force home the issue further, the marketing department of cuprinol chimes in:

Kathryn Ledson, marketing manager at Cuprinol, said: “It’s clear that sheds are vital to the British identity and that they are an inspiration to so many of us.”

The survey was released to tie in with the 2013 Shed of the Year competition, which is sponsored by Cuprinol. Shedowners can nominate their sheds at www.readersheds.co.uk until May 3.

Sometimes, the transparency of these stories makes me despair. If you need me, you’ll know where to find me…