The future of Thrift Farm

Thrift Farm has been supporting adults with learning difficulties for over 40 years. As a former Bucks care service it provides day opportunities and supports employment for around 75 people.

In January 2019, the decision was made to potentially close the farm unless a new provider could be found.

Following a public consultation and a review of business proposals, it was announced on 16 September 2019 the farm would remain open and run by a new provider. 



A public consultation ran between 13 February and 9 April 2019. Drop in sessions at the farm cafe were added and an online questionnaire was created.

Members of the public, staff, service users, and carers were asked:

  • if anyone had a viable proposal for services to continue at Thrift Farm
  • how closure of the service might affect them personally
  • how we could lessen any negative affect on them
  • what else we should consider when taking the decision about the future of Thrift Farm


Business plans submitted

We asked organisations who were interested to submit a business plan for future operation of the farm. 

A multi-disciplinary panel then looked at the plans in detail and a preferred provider was identified.


Keeping the farm open

A joint venture between Kids Play Childcare and Mead Open Farm was approved by cabinet and announced on 16 September 2019. 

View the details of the Thrift Farm decision.

This new company will use their combined expertise and experience to create a sustainable future for Thrift Farm.



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