MP salutes Devon park’s new green initiative

Cofton’s 4,800 sq ft leisure and dining complex, cottages, and shower blocks.

Officially opened by Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton’s amenity blocks.

Funded by a half million pound loan from Natwest Bank and installed by Devon-based Treco, the four new biomass boilers and district heating solution means that multiple locations across Cofton can be heated from the one hub.

Part of the park's popular new swimming pool and spa complex
Part of the park’s popular new swimming pool and spa complex

Saving around 40% on Cofto provide pay back on the installation costs in under 5 years, aided in part by the government backed  Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Commenting on the new biomass boiler hub, Chris Jeffery, directon, we’re surrounded by an amazing natural habitat, which we’ve nurtured over the years resulting in numerous conservation awards including over 15 years’ of Gold Awards from the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

“Each year we challenge ourselves to be part of the environmental solution rather than the problem.  That’s why we’ve introduced green initiatives such as compostable Vegware at The Swan Pub, a 30kW solar panel system on our pool hall roof and our new biomass hub and district heating system, which has been installed by the fantastic team at Treco, who also assisted with the planning application, making the entire project possible.”

Commenting on the ceremonial unveiling of the hub Anne Marie Morris, Member of Parliament for Newton’s impact on the environment.”

Rufus Bellamy, head of the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme and national adviser on conservation and environmental management to improving sustainability on site.”

Daniel Messenger, project manager for Treco, commented: “We are delighted Cofto be involved in a local scheme of this scale.

“The project centred around the replacement of a series of individual fossil fuel boilers, all of which were replaced with a central wood chip boiler system, which comprised three Lindner and Sommerauer 250kW boilers, all housed in a state of the art boiler house. The site’s existing biomass boiler was relocated to this building, providing the site with one central biomass hub.

“With CO2 savings of over 750 tonnes annually, and fuel sourced locally from sustainable forestry, the scheme helps both national carbon reduction targets and supports local jobs.

“As the central boiler house is located some distance from the holiday complex, the heating water is distributed through 1,300 meters of highly insulated underground pipe, linking the main leisure complex including indoor pool and restaurants, six cottages, four shower blocks and the laundrette.

“While installing a biomass system is fairly straightforward, the linking of the numerous buildings, with various heat requirements and differing uses from pool heating to see the system operate exactly as modelled!

“It has been a pleasure to conservation and the local environment as financial reward.”

Coftocked coarse fishing lakes.


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