The love of Winston Howe’s life was a woman named Janet. For them it was certainly love at first sight which grew stronger over time.
After getting married in 1962 the couple moved into a farmhouse where Janet gave birth to their son shortly after..the couple came to share a bond that many dreamed of.
Their love for each other was so strong that people in their community would ask them how their marriage remained so happy for all those years.
However their happiness didn’t last forever. In 1995, after 33 years of marriage, Janet suddenly passed away from an unexpected heart attack at the age of 50.
Their relationship was solid and strong, their son was healthy and their farm flourished. Their life was perfect in their Wickwar, Gloucestershire, Winston and Janet’s dream home for over three decades.
When the love of his life was gone, Winston was devastated it felt like his whole world had collapsed.
Winston planted 6,000 oak trees in a field near the home they had shared for so many years, he decided to pay homage to his beloved wife.
Therefore, Winston began planting trees – a lot of trees, he wanted to create a private, sacred place where he and his son could visit on difficult days.
Winston’s tribute so special just take a look at what he concealed inside the forest — a heart-shaped meadow.
His beautiful declaration of love was kept hidden from the world for 17 years. Winston had fulfilled his goal, but the true motivation behind his work remained a secret, hidden in plain sight among the trees.
In 2012, Winston’s secret was finally discovered when a man named Andy Collett was up in his hot air balloon. He looked down and saw the heart from the sky.
Winston’s beautiful memorial was his very own secret garden for years until Andy happened to cruise over the land.
“You can just imagine the love story. 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,” Andy explains.
The tip of Winston Howes’ heart points toward Janet’s childhood home, the village of Wotton Hill.
Winston also built a hedge around it, too, and every spring, daffodils bloom in the center.
“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,” an emotional Winston explains.
Winston said that he sometimes walks to the heart-shaped meadow to think back on the great times he spent with Janet.
“It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years,” Winston said.
Although nothing can bring Janet back to life, Winston can rest assured that she would love the heart-shaped meadow that was made just for her.
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