Winston Howes, 70-year-old farmer decided to plant an everlasting and touching tribute to his late wife. At the age of 50, Janet, Winston’s wife, died suddenly from heart failure. Over the course of a week, the farmer planted 6,000 oak saplings in a six-acre field. After 20 years, his romantic labor of love has now blossomed into a mature meadow in the shape of a heart. It is hidden from the nearby roads and you would never know it was there unless you viewed it from the sky. This incredible symbol of love remained a family secret until a balloonist noticed it by chance from the air.
A devoted husband spent many years creating a special secret tribute to his late wife. Winston and Janet Howe got married in 1962. They spent every day of their 33 years together. When she died 17 years ago, Winston decided make a memorial for her by planting 6,000 oak trees in a six-acre field with a heart in the middle.
It was a private memorial for all these years until a hot air balloonist, Andy Collett, flew over it and photographed it. The bottom of the heart points to Janet’s childhood home. Winston also planted daffodils in the heart center that bloom in the spring time.
The bottom of the heart points to Janet’s childhood home. Winston also planted daffodils in the heart center that bloom in the spring time.
Winstons said, “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.”
This idea came to me like a flash of inspiration,’’ said Mr. Howes, ’’I thought that it would be a lovely and lasting tribute to her that would be here for years. Once we planted several thousand oak trees with my son, we put a seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live in her childhood.’’