Gallery: British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late...

 

 

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.

Images from SWNS

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