03 Nov Wonderful Barossa and the survival traits of the native trees of Roenfeldt Hill
Some early family members have said that the magnetic, ironstone rise of Roenfeldt Hill, with its native flora, is the genesis of all good of the local lands….where it all began. It is typical of the soils and vistas shown in the ‘Barossa Be Consumed’ film clips. We also know it was an important ancient meeting place for aboriginal tribes. And in the early 1800s, it was a panoramic vantage point of original European settlers, with remnants of an early thoroughfare from Tanunda to Kapunda still evident.
Having had the privelege of becoming close to this land mass over 15 years, we have learned many of her quirks, and the ways she dictates the species that survive, prosper and reproduce on her. It has always amazed us how the Peppermint Box (eucalypts) grow in the shallow, acidic soil only to find the prolific termites soon eat out their soft core, weakening the root foothold and causing instability. The trees survive through the main trunk or a major bow, over a few years, leaning to the ground to gain another ‘foothold’, then shoot a host of new vertical branches.
Inspiration for our Roenfeldt Hill curved logo came in part, from the arches created by our trees. Romantics are we not?