Here at Cofton, we are surrounded by such amazing natural habitat and we plan to keep it that way! As well as continuing with our sustainability work, we encourage our guests to get a little closer to nature.
Using woodchip sourced locally from Forest Fuels, the biomass boiler produces heat and electricity and supplies the entire indoor leisure and dining complex including the pool, hot water for The Orchard toilets, 24 showers, and heat for the outdoor pool during the summer months.
The use of biomass in heating systems is beneficial because it has less impact on the environment than fossil fuels. It has little long term effect on the environment because the carbon in biomass is part of the natural carbon cycle and permanently adds carbon to the environment when burned for fuel.
Our biomass boiler runs constantly, charging a buffer vessel of 5000 litres of hot water storage to cope with demand.
We have a 30KW solar panel system on the pool hall roof fed back into the building for usage locally or into the grid, for better energy sourcing! There is a digital sign in the café showing customers how much power the panels are generating.
Vegware is the UK’s first and only completely compostable food packaging firm. We now use VegWare in our Swan Pub for eat-in and take-away food and drink using their boxes, cutlery and glasses. These all biodegrade in as little as two weeks.
The Vegware compostable packaging is low carbon and made from renewable or recycled materials. It is hailed as the key to zero waste, because ‘you can’t recycle food with plastic in it and you can’t recycle plastic with food in it’.
We hold a Gold Award from the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme, one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. It challenges businesses to be part of the environmental solution and not part of the problem. We are regularly assessed by the scheme’s local wildlife experts and the approach we take to managing our land, reducing use of resources and supporting local communities is all taken into account.
In 2011 Cofton was recognised further with a Conservation Award of Special Distinction for work carried out to make large areas of the park and fishing lakes accessible to wheelchair users.
All kitchen waste is separated at source and food goes to compost, meaning no waste and efficient recycling.
Packaging from the shop, kitchen and bins from around the site is collected and baled on-site using our cardboard compactor. Mill size bales, each weighing half a tonne, go to the paper mill for recycling.
We try to reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags from the shop by charging for them. The money goes straight to the Wildlife Trust.
Closer to Nature
Not just a holiday park, we also have a Bug Hotel on site!
With no advanced bookings necessary and enjoying a prime position in the heart of the park (just opposite reception), this budget accommodation offers a catch and eat menu! Insect hotels provide a safe environment for nesting and hibernation.
As for our two legged guests, we encourage them to explore the park including our woodland nature trail.
Throughout 2016, all money we raised from charging 5p for plastic carrier bags was given to Devon Wildlife Trust. The Devon Wildlife Trust is the only local charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places across Devon.