Farmer Creates Heart-Shaped Meadow In Memory of Wife
Dedicated Winston Howes, 70, spent a week planting each oak sapling after his wife of 33 years Janet died suddenly 17 years ago. He laid out the fledgling trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle – with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home.
His meadow cannot be seen from the road and has remained a family secret until a hot air balloonist Andy Collett took this photograph from the air. The transport businessman could not believe his eyes when he discovered the symbol of love hidden among the trees.
He said: “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer – but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view – you would not know it was there.
Mr Howes said: “I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died. “I thought it was a great idea – it was a flash of inspiration – and I planted several thousand oak trees.
“Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”
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