Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet. His stunning memorial was his very own secret garden for years until a hot air balloonist happened to cruise over the land and captured a picture of the giant grassy emblem. “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,” the pilot, Andy Collet told The Telegraph. “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view—you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”
When Janet passed away over a decade ago, Howes planned and planted the oak trees meticulously around a six-acre field of grass to create the heart shape, with the design’s bottom tip pointing in the direction of Janet’s childhood home in Wotton Hill. A tall hedge of daffodils surrounds the heart’s perimeter, creating an unmistakable warm yellow glow that planes and hot air ballooners alike cannot miss. The romantic gesture is certainly a grand one too, as it is even visible by satellite.
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