Seventeen years ago Janet Howes suddenly passed away. What her devoted husband Winston decided he wanted to create in her memory has become a lasting tribute to her known all around the world.
Her husband was a farmer for many years and decided to plant thousands of oak saplings in a six-acre field – but left a heart-shaped area in the middle, with the point facing towards his wife’s childhood home.
And as the remarkable picture here shows, his romantic labour of love has now grown into a mature meadow, a peaceful oasis where Mr Howes can sit and remember his wife forever.
According to liftable,
For 33 years, Winston Howes had the pleasure of waking every morning to his wife, Janet. And then sadly in 1995, he started waking up alone.
That year Janet was taken from Howes by heart failure. Although she was no longer physically here, she would always have his heart.
After her passing, Howes had an idea for a way to honor and remember her. He just needed some help; so, he enlisted his son and several thousand trees.
“‘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 a seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live,” said Howes, according to the Daily Mail.
And exactly where was this field that he mentioned? Well, that was a little family secret until a balloonist took to the skies.
A passing balloonist discovered it and snapped some pictures of this amazing testament to love. In the shape of the universal symbol of love.
Remember all of those trees that Howes sought out after his wife died? Well, he planted them in a field, only he didn’t fill the entire field.
Right in the middle, he left a heart-shaped hole. THAT is where he placed the seat from which he could remember and mourn.
This monument to a life of love was constructed in the countryside of Gloucestershire, England. The heart is hidden from the roads by the trees and a surrounding hedge and that gives Howes the sanctuary he desires.
“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,” he said.
The balloonist who discovered this hidden heart, Andy Collett, told the Daily Mail that “this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. You can just imagine the love story.”