Home to 60,000 honey bees, The Printworks is offering the people of Manchester a chance to adopt their very own Printworks bee in aid of charity.
The Printworks is offering customers the opportunity to sponsor a bee for just £2 each in the hope of raising money for The Booths Centre and Forever Manchester.
Newly adoptive parents will be able to name their bee and have their name(s) placed on a commemorative board in The Printworks’ pumpyard.
Fred Booth, centre director of The Printworks, said: “The bee is an iconic symbol in Manchester so we wanted to give people the chance of owning their own, whilst raising money for some special causes.
”Everyone who adopts a bee will be able to give their new friend a name and have their place on a board which will be situation in The Pump Yard.
Adrian Rhodes, The Printworks’ beekeeper, says: “Bees are amongst the most important creatures to humans on Earth. These amazing insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. One in three bites of the food that we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees.”
After a year off, The Printworks bees have provided a bumper yield of honey from the four beehives on the roof with some of the best honey to date!
As part of the #LiveFromTheHive project, a collaboration between The Printworks and Hard Rock Cafe, the honey has been extracted and bottled to sell to the public. All the money raised from the £10 jars of limited edition honey will go to The Booth Centre and Forever Manchester.
The first batch of honey which had bespoke labels designed by Mancsy sold out in a week back in 2014. Jars signed by the Manchester artist sold for as much as £75.
The 2015 yield was just as popular and the project has managed to raise over £2,000 to date for the two charities and another sell-out year is expected.
Alongside the bees The Printworks rooftop garden is home to 20 species of fruit and vegetables. Over the past three years it has grown everything from lettuce to strawberries, beetroot to potatoes, and mint to radish, and even boasts a beetle hotel and bee-hives. As well as housing creepy-crawlies and fauna.
The scheme has recently been awarded a Green Apple award for its environmental commitment. The accolade which recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world will be graded bronze, silver or gold in an award ceremony later this year.