Click below to find out more about the eccentric people that make Banana Block!
William Henry Richardson from East Belfast became the first person in the British Isles to grow ripe edible bananas and owned a fruit shop on the Newtownards Road.
Otto Jaffe was Belfast Mayor twice, built the Strand Spinning Mill and grew banana trees in East Belfast with his head gardener WHR.
The BURC board bought the Portview site after the Mill closed. They also opened NI’s first social enterprise bar, the John Hewitt, and are invested in community regeneration.
Allie Nickell is an East Belfast based historian and researcher who uncovered the story of her great grandfather WHR’s banana trees.
Did you get a taste of our collaboration with Boundary Brewery? Our very own Banana Beer!
Marion is an East Belfast and Banana Block resident. She is a music producer, a dj and owns Sound Advice Records.
Between 1927 and 1932, Banana Ben called at people’s houses as part of an advertising campaign. He would give you a ten shilling note in exchange for six Fyffes blue banana labels.
Darren Hawkes is a gold medalist at the Chelsea Flower Show, and our Banana Block plant whisperer! He sourced, curated and planted our tropical banana ring.
Terry runs Hearty Growers, his gourmet oyster mushroom farm out of Banana Block.
Find out more about the community of artisan producers, creative entrepreneurs, innovative businesses who call Portview their home. Meet the tenants and get a behind-the-scenes peek inside their worlds of mushroom growing, cheese making and record collecting.
Meet the Management team that make our events happen at Banana Block.
Likes: long walks with his dog Alfie Chopper, buying records and eating pastry.
Dislikes: Aubergines, bad guac and chart music.
Likes: Playing the banjo in his band Cool Hand String Band
Dislikes: People being late!
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Likes: Cheese and anything sparkly
Dislikes: Slow walkers and tupperware
The token Aussie
Likes: Wine, negronis and her cat Seamus
Dislikes: People who don’t wait for others to get off the bus before boarding and velvet!
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