We couldn’t bee-lieve it when we saw that The Printworks have offered people the opportunity to adopt a bee, either for themselves or loved ones, by simply making a donation to Forever Manchester.

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 hopes of raising funds for Forever Manchester. The Printworks is also home to four queens which can be adopted for £25 each.

Newly adoptive parents will be able to name their bee and have their name(s) placed on a commemorative board in The Printworks’ pumpyard at the end of November. New parents will also receive a certificate commemorating their newly adopted bee.

Fred Booth, Centre Director of The Printworks and Forever Manchester Ambassador, 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. It’s a big ask but if we managed to find adoptive parents for every one of our 60,000 bees we would raise an enormous £60,ooo for these brilliant causes.”

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.”

You can adopt your bee for Forever Manchester here.