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The Printworks offer chance to adopt a bee

The bees that live on the roof of The Printworks Photo: The Printworks

The Printworks is offering the chance to adopt a bee for just £2.

The aim is to raise money for The Booths Centre and Forever Manchester and gives people an opportunity to adopt, name a bee and have a place on a commemorative board in the Printworks.

The bees, housed on the roof of The Printworks, have also been producing honey which has been bottled and sold for £10 each, raising £2,000 for both charities.

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. It’s a big ask but if we managed to find adoptive parents for the bees we would raise an enormous amount for these brilliant causes.

– Fred Booth- Centre director, The Printworks

The worker bee is a long-standing emblem for the hard work ethic of Mancunians, especially during the industrial revolution and earlier this year became a symbol for the strength of the city in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack in May.

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.”

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