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 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.”