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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

Posted By Molly Cotter On January 27, 2015 @ 12:25 pm In Botanical,Design,Gardening and Plants | No Comments


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Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees [2] 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 [3] 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 [4]. “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view—you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”

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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 [6]by satellite.

Images from SWNS [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/07/Heart-shaped-meadow.jpg

[2] oak trees: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/farmer-plants-heart-shaped-meadow-for-late-wife-slideshow/heart-field-photo-1342197972.html

[3] hot air balloonist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_air_balloon

[4] The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/9397478/Farmer-creates-heart-shaped-meadow-in-memory-of-wife.html

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/british-farmer-plants-heart-shaped-meadow-in-honor-of-late-wife/heart-shaped-meadow-3/

[6] visible : http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=7-uPj2q6Jo

[7] SWNS: http://swns.com/

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