Adopt a bee and raise money for Greater Manchester’s communities

Printworks is home to more than 100,000 honey bees on its rooftop garden - and you can adopt and name one to help Forever Manchester

As well as being a hive of entertainment, Printworks is also home to four beehives, each housing between 30,000 and 40,000 bees.

And now, you can adopt a bee of your own or as a gift – and help raise much-needed funds for Greater Manchester’s communities in the process.

Bee fans can adopt one of the honey bees on the Printworks rooftop garden for just £2 each – or £25 for one of its four Queen Bees.

The money raised will go to Forever Manchester, a local charity that raises money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.

It’s been a tough year for everyone, with local communities across Greater Manchester being some of the hardest hit. But this gift will directly help those who need it most, as well as making a unique Christmas present.

Newly adoptive parents will be able to name their bee and have their name(s) added to a commemorative digital wall on the Printworks website.

There is no limit to the number of bees you wish to adopt and it doesn’t have to be just for your family, it can be on behalf of a friend or work colleague.

Simply donate a minimum of £2 per bee and in the comments note what you wish to name the bee, along with the name of the adoptive parent(s) if not yourself.

It is first-come-first-serve for the Queen Bees, so make sure they have a well-deserved name or title!

Printworks has previously raised money for charities Forever Manchester, The Booth Centre and Volition through selling jars of its hard-working bees’ honey. 

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, but especially so for our underprivileged communities in Greater Manchester who have been hit hardest by local lockdown restrictions,” said Adam Jackson, marketing manager at Printworks.

“With the bee such an iconic symbol in Manchester, we wanted to give Mancunians the chance to adopt their own or give their loved ones a unique gift that also helps our local community when they need it most.”

Find out more and adopt a bee here.


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Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Charity Foundation raises vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. There’s a unique sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are making a real difference in the lives of others, especially those close to home.