Winston Howes, a 70-year-old man, living near Wickwar, South Gloucestershir in South West England, lost his wife, Janet, to sudden heart failure seventeen years ago. While reminiscing on his marriage to Janet not long after her death, in the very field the heart shaped clearing now resides, he had a “flash of inspiration.” This inspiration was to plant several thousand oak trees, leaving a clearing in the perfect shape of a heart with the point facing toward Janet’s hometown, Wotton Hill.
This beautiful labor of love has been kept a family secret for seventeen years, until just this month when hot air balloonist, Andy Collett, drifted over the field and was absolutely stunned to find such a beautiful site from the air exclaiming, “This was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky.”
Today, the field is a much larger raging meadow filled with oak trees, hedges, and daffodils, planted by the family in the center of the clearing that appear each Spring. The memorial is enjoyed by Winston and his family on a seat in the field that overlooks Janet’s old hometown.
Okay, seriously!? This is one of the absolutely sweetest things I have ever heard. This is AMAZING. Janet must have been an amazing woman and I can’t even begin to imagine what her relationship with her family and Winston was like. If this isn’t love, I don’t know what is. I solute the Howes family, especially Mr. Winston Howes!