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Ruskin Mill Trust

Creating a safe environment for our rooftop bees!

Raising money to fund modification works to the rooftop garden at Argent College, Jewellery Quarter, so we can create a safe environment for our new bees and our students this summer.
Charity Registration No: 1137167

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Argent College is planning to welcome their first beehives onto the rooftop micro-farm of the New Standard Works building in the Jewellery Quarter this summer. These urban bees will be the first in the Jewellery Quarter, and all going well, will be producing JQ honey within the next year.

Argent College is an independent specialist college for young people aged 16 - 25 with complex learning needs. Our Practical Skills Therapeutic Education Curriculum helps our students overcome barriers to learning, become skilled through doing purposeful activities, and contribute to the community.

"Keeping bees in our rooftop garden will be great for our students; they will learn how to harvest organic honey and use it to prepare food in our café and bakery and college kitchen. The beeswax will support the students' therapeutic candle-making curriculum and they will experience nature, which is of great benefit to our young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Most of all, caring for the bees will help our students gain a sense of environmental responsibility. We need to look after the bees' environment, so they can look after ours. " Alex Griffin, Associate Principal, Argent College.

We have decided to position the beehives behind our poly tunnel and include a clear wall so our students (and the public!) will be able to watch them in a safe space. As our heating ducts and vents are also there, we need to carry out some modifications so that the bees will also have a safe environment to do their thing! We need to raise funds to do these works.

Please can you help?

As a thank you for your support ...

For £10 we will *Name a Bee* after you! (immortalised on a honeycomb plaque)


For £25 you can *Adopt a Bee*! (30 available)

Well name a bee after you (immortalised on a honeycomb plaque) and you will receive:

a beeswax hive candlestick made by a student at Argent College (There are only 30 of these available for the first 30 donations of £25).

An invitation to a public rooftop open day to hear about plans for beekeeping in the College, and learn about our rooftop bio-dynamic micro-farm.


For £50 you can be a *Crafty Bee*! (5 available)

Well name a bee after you (immortalised on a honeycomb plaque) and you will receive:

A two-hour craft workshop experience of your choice (from the 2019 Saturday Sessions programme) See www.thehiveJQ.org

An invitation to a public rooftop open day to hear about plans for beekeeping in the College, and learn about our rooftop bio-dynamic micro-farm.


A special thank you designed for businesses

For a £250 donation we can offer you a *Worker Bee* full days use of our Makers Studio (weekday). (6 available)

Our Makers Studio is a great space, with a light and relaxing environment for up to 25 people for a meeting to devise strategies, or for a creative team building away day. Unlimited hot drinks and projector and screen equipment provided.

Well also give you a tour of the rooftop garden as part of the day and name up to 50 bees each after all your company's employees (immortalised on a honeycomb plaque)!


Sponsor a *Queen Bee* £500 (2 available)

For a £500 donation we will name one of our beehives Queen Bees after you!

And you'll receive:

An invitation to a private Queen Bee naming drinks reception on the roof to which you can invite up to 10 guests well also name a bee after your guests! Gary, our Bio-dynamic land tutor/bee keeper will give you a tour of the rooftop micro-farm and wormery in the basement, and of course you'll meet the bees and hear about the College's plans for beekeeping!

A delicious 2-course organic lunch for four people in our on-site Café and Bakery

A hand-made gift by a student of Argent College

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Whatever amount you are able to donate, we will be really grateful for your support. With our best wishes from the students and staff of Argent College and The Hive.



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2 months ago

Let's get the rooftop buzzing with bees, not just students and visitors

Sally Walters

2 months ago

ARMSONS are delighted to be associated with this venture and all it represents. Looking forward to seeing its success for all who benefit.


Richard Woods

2 months ago

for my favourite micro-farm, the place will be even more buzzing than usual...


+ £7.5 Gift Aid

Samantha Courtney

2 months ago

Good luck! I look forward to the honey :)


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

David Gaskin

3 months ago

Good luck with the Bee Hive Project from Davlyn Construction. We are pleased to be associated with such a great venture.


+ £125 Gift Aid

About the charity

Ruskin Mill Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust

We work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism through pioneering holistic educational and residential programmes that reconnect them to the land and crafts, enhancing their wellbeing and helping them to live fulfilling, independent lives.

Charity Registration No: 1137167


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Creating a safe environment for our rooftop bees!

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