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British Farmer Plants Heart-Shaped Meadow in Honor of Late Wife

Posted By Molly Cotter On July 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am In Treehouses | No Comments

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Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees [1] 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 [2] happened to cruise over the land and capture 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 [3] on Friday. ”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 meticulously planned and planted the oak trees 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 that creates 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 [5]by satellite.

via yahoo news [1]

images from SWNS [6]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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