Trelawney installs biomass boiler

Cornish garden centre goes for green energy

David Danning
David Danning

Trelawney garden centre has installed a biomass boiler fuelled by wood chips.

Trelawney Garden Leisure@Wadebridge is now using chips to fuel the boiler, suppleid by ETA and installed by Cleanearth.

Director David Danning said: "We have a very strict environmental policy here at the garden centre and always do as much as we can to keep things green.

"We have recently installed a biomass boiler, which produces 200kw of energy and supplies us with all of the hot water and heating needed for the kitchens and the rest of the store. The boiler is fuelled by wood chips, which come from the sawmills in the area.

"In the summer we will be burning miscanthus grass, which is grown just four miles from the garden centre. The grass is very similar to bamboo and can be burnt to produce fuel to heat the garden centre if needed."

As well as the boiler Trelawney@Wadebridge also recycles all of the cooking fat from the kitchens as bio fuel. Some 500 solar panels, which are fixed onto the roof, produce 120kw of electricity to power a third of the garden centre and uncooked vegetable waste from the kitchen is composted for use on the garden centre’s flowerbeds.

Danning added: "We’re always looking for new ways to be green. It is very important that we do our bit for the environment and as a business we have a responsibility to do so."

More than eight years ago the company launched a sister garden centre in North Devon, Trelawney@Ashford and is opening its third garden centre Trelawney@Probus on a green-field site in Cornwall in 2015.

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