Nelson City Council is on the lookout for your woodshed, wood stack or ingenious wood storing solution as the Best Little Woodshed competition returns.

With prizes including firewood and chimney clean/checks, previous competitions have seen some wonderful, creative and efficient solutions to storing your wood, and we hope to see more of the same this year.

Common themes have been the use of recycled materials; converting space around the house or garden into wood storage areas; quirky design ideas and sheds with intricate systems to store different sized pieces of wood separately.

Our neighbours at Tasman District Council are also running the competition again this year, with the same criteria for entrants in that region.

Environment Committee Deputy Chair Brian McGurk said the bar was set high by past winners.

“Previous experience has clearly shown that Nelson has some very creative people when it comes to their woodsheds. I’m looking forward to seeing more interesting concepts for wood storage through this competition.

The need to make sure your firewood is dry to get the best value for your money and the best performance from it, is fairly widely known. Burning wet wood is inefficient and creates smoke, he said.

“Getting your firewood early and storing it properly, are key elements to helping keep your home nice and warm and contributes to improved air quality.”

The competition opens 5 February and closes on 9 March.

Find out more about the Best Little Woodshed Competition at: